Effects of additives on the microexplosion of carbon slurry droplets

L. C. Clausen, T. X. Li, C. K. Law

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Experimental investigations were conducted on the effects of volatile additives in inducing and intensifying the microexplosion of combusting carbon slurry droplets. The mixture explosion temperatures were determined, and a new droplet generator capable of producing small droplets of well-controlled size was developed for the slurry fuel used. Agglomerate fragments produced through microexplosion were collected by using an impactor-type sampling probe and statistically analyzed. Results show that the fragment sizes follow the log-normal distribution, and that addition of 5% volatile miscible fuels to the carbon slurry can substantially reduce the mean fragment size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-221
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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