SPONTANEOUS IGNITION OF KEROSENE (AVTUR) VAPOUR: THE EFFECT OF THE RATIO, VESSEL SURFACE AREA TO VOLUME.
ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)
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The minimum spontaneous ignition temperature of kerosene vapour in an 18 in diameter stainless steel sphere is shown to be raised by the insertion of additional metal surfaces into the vessel. On the basis of the ratio, surface areavolume, the results correlate well with minimum spontaneous ignition temperatures measured in empty vessels varying in diameter from 18 in to 1 in. It appears that metal inserts could be designed for installation in aircraft high temperature enclosures, including the fuel tanks of supersonic aircraft. By such means, reduction of ignition hazards should be realised. Author
- Safety Engineering
- Combustion and Ignition