SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1997

Modeling of Promoted-Ignition Burning: Aluminum


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.

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Wilson, DB
, Mesilla Park, NM
Stoltzfus, JM
NASA Laboratories Office, NASA Johnson Space Center White Sands Test Facility, Las Cruces, NM
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Developed by Committee: G04
Pages: 258–271
DOI: 10.1520/STP12058S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5372-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2401-1