Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 80, Issue 3, pp 541–548 | Cite as

Flame propagation over liquid alcohols

Part I. Experimental results
  • E. Degroote
  • P. L. García Ybarra


The different spreading regimes above liquid fuels have been experimentally described for a wide range of initial surface temperatures. Five different spreading regimes are observed. The flame spreading driving parameter has been found. The critical transition temperatures between these regimes have been characterized; they present common characteristics for the four alcohols (methanol, ethanol, propanol and butanol) used in the experiments. A preheating zone ahead of the flame (produced by thermocapillarity) has been observed. The initial surface temperature of the liquid fuel results to be a control parameter of flame spreading; therefore, it can be applied to improve fire safety conditions in fuel containers.

temperature combustion flame spreading fuels heat transfer 


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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Degroote
    • 1
  • P. L. García Ybarra
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Dep. Ciencia y Tecnología Aplicadas, E. U. I. T. Agrícolas, Ciudad Universitaria
  2. 2.CIEMAT

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