Flammability of heat transfer fluid aerosols produced by electrospray measured by laser diffraction analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • Accidental release of pressurized high flash point heat transfer fluids can result in fire and explosion hazard scenarios in the process industry. An experimental investigation on ignition of aerosols of a heat transfer fluid is carried out, and characterization of aerosol and its ignition process by non-intrusive laser diffraction technique is reported. Propagation speed of the aerosol combustion flame front as analyzed from the laser diffraction measurement agrees with high-speed visual camera observation. Flammability of the aerosol, which is based on the chances of the global flame appearance in the aerosol, is mainly controlled by aerosol droplet size and the droplet volume concentration. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Lian, P., Mejia, A. F., Cheng, Z., & Mannan, M. S.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Lian, Peng||Mejia, Andres F||Cheng, Zhengdong||Sam Mannan, M

publication date

  • March 2010