Three-dimensional analysis for explosions of a propane-air mixture in cylindrical vessels

Y. Tanaka, Y. Hamamoto, Eiji Tomita

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A mathematically simple spatial difference method has been applied for analysing three-dimensionally, and for illustrating graphically, the process of the development of a flame after the propane-air stoichiometric mixture is ignited. The calculated results show that the mathematical simulation can well express the process of mixture explosion in cylindrical vessels, and can evaluate the effects of laminar swirl flow on the flame development. It is concluded that the swirl motion deforms the flame front and accelerates the flame enlargement. Described also is a comparison of swirl flame calculation, with and without the centripetal effect caused by the difference in densities between burnt and unburnt gases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-239
Number of pages11
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational Mechanics

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