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Detailed Investigation of Heat Flux Measurements Made in a Standard Propane-Air Fire-Certification Burner Compared to Levels Derived From a Low-Temperature Analogue Burner

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Abd. Rahim Abu Talib, Peter T. Ireland

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Andrew J. Neely

University of New South Wales, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Andrew J. Mullender

Rolls-Royce plc, Derby, UK

Paper No. GT2003-38196, pp. 169-177; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2003, collocated with the 2003 International Joint Power Generation Conference
  • Volume 1: Turbo Expo 2003
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 16–19, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3684-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3671-1
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


This paper presents detailed heat flux measurements to a flat plate from an ISO2685 [1] standard, large propane fuelled burner used throughout the industry in aero-engine fire-certification. The authors have developed a custom-built heat transfer gauge to measure the heat flux from the burner under isothermal wall conditions. The heat flux from the standard burner is normally calibrated using either a watercooled copper tube or a Gardon gauge, each positioned at a single location. There are no reports in the literature of a detailed survey of heat flux distribution for the burner and the results are therefore of great interest to thermal engineers. These measurements provide benchmark data to allow the heat flux distribution from the ISO burner to be compared to levels derived from the low-temperature analogue burner developed by the authors. The analogue burner uses liquid crystals to measure heat transfer coefficient and adiabatic wall temperature on scale models of engine components and provides key data to facilitate the successful design of components used in fire zones. The objective of this paper is to further validate the low-temperature analogue burner technique developed by the authors which simulates the standard large propane-air burner for fire-certification in aero engine.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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