Experimental study on the structure and stabilization of inverted flames

C. J. Sung, C. K. Law

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The burning intensity of inverted flames has been studied by using spontaneous Raman scattering technique. The results substantiate the general concept of the influence of flame stretch and preferential diffusion on the flame temperature. Specifically, it is found that the measured flame temperature of inverted flames is higher (lower) than the adiabatic flame temperature for mixtures whose effective Lewis number is smaller (greater) than unity, and that this behavior is qualitatively opposite to that observed for Bunsen flames whose curvatures are opposite to those of the inverted flames. It is further demonstrated that heat loss to the stabilizing rod appears to have very little influence on the flame behavior, including flame stabilization and blowoff, and suggested that flame curvature could exert a stronger influence on these phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHeat Transfer in Fire and Combustion Systems - 1991
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0791807355
StatePublished - 1991
Event28th National Heat Transfer Conference - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: Jul 28 1991Jul 31 1991

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
ISSN (Print)0272-5673


Other28th National Heat Transfer Conference
CityMinneapolis, MN, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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