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Electrical Aspects of Flames in Microgravity CombustionA principal characteristic of combustion in microgravity is the absence of buoyancy driven flows. In some cases, such as for spherically symmetrical droplet burning, the absence of buoyancy is desirable for matching analytical treatments with experiments. In other cases, however, it can be more valuable to arbitrarily control the flame's convective environment independent of the environmental gravitational condition. To accomplish this, we propose the use of ion generated winds driven by electric fields to control local convection of flames. Such control can produce reduced buoyancy (effectively zero buoyancy) conditions in the laboratory in 1-g facilitating a wide range of laser diagnostics that can probe the system without special packaging required for drop tower or flight tests. In addition, the electric field generated ionic winds allow varying gravitational convection equivalents even if the test occurs in reduced gravity environments.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Dunn-Rankin, D. (California Univ. Irvine, CA United States)
Strayer, B. (California Univ. Irvine, CA United States)
Weinberg, F. (Imperial Coll. of Science Technology and Medicine London, United Kingdom)
Carleton, F. (Imperial Coll. of Science Technology and Medicine London, United Kingdom)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1999
Publication Information
Publication: Fifth International Microgravity Combustion Workshop
Subject Category
Materials Processing
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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