Heat Exchanger Fires and the Ignition of Solid Metals

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G. Theoclitus

Engineering Technologies Department, C-E Air Preheater Company, Wellsville, NY 14895

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 107(3), 607-612 (Jul 01, 1985) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3239779 History: Received March 01, 1983; Online October 15, 2009


Solid metals can ignite and burn from the heat released through the oxidation reaction and related to the rate in which heat is dispersed. The fires can be promoted by the preignition of combustible accumulations at temperatures normally considered as relatively safe oxidation conditions. Experimental studies for fire and theoretical ignition temperatures are described in the paper.

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