Heat and Mass Transfer

, Volume 50, Issue 6, pp 759–767 | Cite as

The discrete heat source approach to dust cloud combustion

  • Mehdi Bidabadi
  • Saeedreza Zadsirjan
  • Seyed Alireza MostafaviEmail author


In the present paper, combustion of dust clouds from the discrete point heat source method has been addressed. Time-place temperature profile generated by single particle burning has been obtained to study the dust combustion. The summation of the temperature profiles of burned and burning particles predict the temperature in the preheating zone so that the ignition time of layer in flame front can be determined. Consequently the flame propagating speed was obtained based on the dust concentration corresponding to particles spacing and particle diameter. This method has been validated with aluminum dust cloud combustion. Decrease in the dust concentration leads to the lean limit of dust combustion. Increase in particles diameter or reduction in the dust concentration causes higher lean limit and also reduction in the flame propagating speed. Adding the ignition energy as igniter to this system, provides the path to study the effects of ignition energy in the dust combustion.


Discrete heat source Dust combustion Aluminum particles Burning velocity Lean limit Ignition temperature 

List of symbols




Dust concentration




Convection coefficient

i, j, k

Components of Cartesian coordinate


Thermal conductivity


Distance of two adjacent particles or layers


Layer’s number, number of


Heat released by igniter


Particle burning heat release per second


Radius, radial distance






Axial distance



Burning zone




Ignition temperature, due to igniter



At infinity



Thermal diffusivity


Dirac delta function


Nondimensional time


Nondimensional parameter


Nondimensional distance, nondimensional distance of two adjacent layers


Nondimensional temperature




Particle burning time


Nondimensional temperature distribution due to igniter


Equivalence ratio


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mehdi Bidabadi
    • 1
  • Saeedreza Zadsirjan
    • 2
  • Seyed Alireza Mostafavi
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Combustion Research Laboratory, Department of Energy Conversion, School of Mechanical EngineeringIran University of Science and TechnologyNarmak, TehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Aerospace Engineering, School of Mechanical EngineeringIran University of Science and TechnologyNarmak, TehranIran
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringArak UniversityArakIran

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