Analytical prediction of pyrolysis and ignition time of translucent fuel considering both time-dependent heat flux and in-depth absorption

Gong, J, Stoliarov, S, Shi, L, Li, J, Zhu, S, Zhou, Y and Wang, Z 2019, 'Analytical prediction of pyrolysis and ignition time of translucent fuel considering both time-dependent heat flux and in-depth absorption', Fuel, vol. 235, pp. 913-922.


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Title Analytical prediction of pyrolysis and ignition time of translucent fuel considering both time-dependent heat flux and in-depth absorption
Author(s) Gong, J
Stoliarov, S
Shi, L
Li, J
Zhu, S
Zhou, Y
Wang, Z
Year 2019
Journal name Fuel
Volume number 235
Start page 913
End page 922
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This contribution reports an approximate analytical model to predict transient mass flux and ignition time of translucent fuel, black poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), subjected to a time-dependent incident heat flux, atb, where t is time and a and b are constants. The model can be easily extended to other non-charring translucent solids. The model takes into account in-depth absorption of thermal radiation in the condensed phase, which is typically ignored in the analytical formulations. Both critical temperature and critical mass flux were employed as the ignition criteria to examine their effects on the predictions. The model was validated using exact numerical solutions and experimental data, and compared with earlier analytical models based on the assumption of surface absorption. Linear and quadratic heat fluxes were considered for validation and discussion. The results show that surface absorption accelerates the pyrolysis process and leads to higher mass flux and shorter ignition time with respect to the in-depth absorption case. The discrepancy between the predicted transient mass fluxes of these two absorption modes increases with increasing a. The ignition heat flux increases with increasing a and decreases with increasing b for both surface and in-depth absorption cases. However, the critical energy is independent of heat flux in in-depth absorption scenario. Furthermore, parametric studies of in-depth absorption coefficient and critical mass flux were conducted to investigate their effects on the quality of the model predictions. Also, the equivalent ignition temperature was calculated and compared with the experimental values. It is expected that the developed model will find its use in performance-based design applications.
Subject Construction Materials
Keyword(s) Ignition time
In-depth absorption
PMMA
Time-dependent heat flux
Translucent fuel
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.08.042
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