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Hot Surface Ignition in Flowing Streams of Hydrogen-Air Mixtures


A set of original experiments is presented covering the topic of hydrogen-air mixture ignition by a hot surface. The hot surface is a 30 mm long/10 mm diameter heated coil which temperature is controlled by IR techniques. The coil is placed into the flowing stream of hydrogen air mixtures. The variable parameters are the composition of the flammable atmosphere (4 to 75% H2 v/v), the flow speed (from 0.5 m/s to 30 m/s) and its temperature (from -110°C to ambient). The experimental techniques and results are presented, and a tentative interpretation is proposed based on ignition theories and highspeed video recordings. It is shown that the ignition temperature (600°C) is insensitive to flowing conditions which is a very unexpected result.

Related subjects: Safety
Countries: France

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Hot Surface Ignition in Flowing Streams of Hydrogen-Air Mixtures

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