Iron burning in pressurised oxygen under microgravity conditions

Ward, Nicholas Rhys & Steinberg, Theodore (2010) Iron burning in pressurised oxygen under microgravity conditions. Microgravity : Science and Technology, 21(1-2), pp. 41-46.

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An investigation of cylindrical iron rods burning in pressurised oxygen under microgravity conditions is presented. It has been shown that, under similar experimental conditions, the melting rate of a burning, cylindrical iron rod is higher in microgravity than in normal gravity by a factor of 1.8 ± 0.3. This paper presents microanalysis of quenched samples obtained in a microgravity environment in a 2.0 s duration drop tower facility in Brisbane, Australia. These images indicate that the solid/liquid interface is highly convex in reduced gravity, compared to the planar geometry typically observed in normal gravity, which increases the contact area between liquid and solid phases by a factor of 1.7 ± 0.1. Thus, there is good agreement between the proportional increase in solid/liquid interface surface area and melting rate in microgravity. This indicates that the cause of the increased melting rates for cylindrical iron rods burning in microgravity is altered interfacial geometry at the solid/liquid interface.

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ID Code: 38551
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Pressurised Oxygen, Microgravity, Cylindrical Iron Rods, Solid/liquid Interface
DOI: 10.1007/s12217-008-9051-2
ISSN: 0938-0108
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified (090199)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2010 21:36
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:43

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