Effect of gravity on methanol diffusion flames burning within a forced convective environment

V. Raghavan, George Gogos, V. Babu, T. Sundararajan

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Characteristics of methanol diffusion flames burning under three different configurations with respect to the directions of forced and natural convective flow fields are presented for zero and normal gravity conditions. Combustion of a spherical methanol particle and of a methanol film within a mixed convective environment, have been numerically simulated. The effects of gravity on aiding, opposing and perpendicular flow are presented. The gravitational field considerably changes the flow field, flame shapes and fuel burning rates, especially for the opposing flow case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)686-697
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2006



  • Buoyancy
  • Combustion
  • Diffusion flames
  • Forced convection
  • Methanol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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