Combustion of aluminum particles in fluorine containing environments

L. F. Ernst, R. A. Yetter, F. L. Dryer, T. P. Parr, D. M. Hanson-Parr

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Experimental and modeling results on the combustion of single, isolated aluminum particles in quiescent environments consisting of pure SF6 and in mixtures of SF6, O2 and Ar are reported. Combustion measurements consisted of photographic observations and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) of the condensed-phase product composition and radial distribution. Numerical results are based on a local equilibrium model in which species diffusion is assumed to be rate limiting. Aluminum particles in pure SF6 atmospheres were visually observed to bum without condensed phase products in the surrounding envelope flames. The model predicts the measured bum rates within approximately 20% and qualitatively predicts radial profile speciation. In mixtures with low quantities of O2 in SF6, the final products shifted from AlF3 to A1F2O and again Al2O3(l) formation was minimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 1999
Event35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1999 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jun 20 1999Jun 24 1999


Other35th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering


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