Small Scale Burner Review

Report No. ARL-TR-4881
Authors: Ivan C. Lee
Date/Pages: July 2009; 28 pages
Abstract: Microscale combustion differs from the mesoscale or large-scale combustion, in general. As the size of the combustor decreases, surface-to-volume ratio (S/V) increases. Surface effects (interfacial phenomena) and time-scaling become more important. Heat recirculation, combustion in porous media, and catalytic combustion are employed to achieve combustion in microscale. The microscale combustion devices can be integrated with thermoelectric and thermophotovoltaic devices for power and energy applications. Recent advances in microscale combustion are summarized in this report.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: July 1, 2009