Ignition or nonignition of a combustible solid with marginal heating

D. Glenn Lasseigne*, W. E. Olmstead

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The possibility of achieving ignition of a combustible solid with only marginal external heating is investigated. The heating barely raises the temperature to a level where reaction occurs. A parameter indicating the duration of time spent near the crucial level governs the ignition process. If the parameter is below a critical value, no thermal runaway can occur; if it is sufficiently large, ignition will be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalQuarterly of Applied Mathematics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics


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