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    Modeling of Promoted-Ignition Burning: Aluminum

    Published: 01 January 1997

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    The burning of aluminum in NASA/ASTM flammability tests is examined for establishing a probable mechanism. Similarity between oxidation of pure solid and pure liquid aluminum surfaces suggest that a phase-boundary reaction occurs and that a Langmuir-Hinshelwood model is appropriate. Consistent evaluation of available data confirm that a phase-boundary reaction is highly probable. Vacuum evaporation and thermal energy considerations support this contention.


    aluminum burning, heterogeneous liquid reaction, kinetic model, thermodynamic analysis

    Author Information:

    Wilson, DB
    Consultant, Mesilla Park, NM

    Stoltzfus, JM
    Aerospace Engineer, NASA Laboratories Office, NASA Johnson Space Center White Sands Test Facility, Las Cruces, NM

    Committee/Subcommittee: G04.92

    DOI: 10.1520/STP12058S