An Experimental Study of the Interaction of Multiple Liquid Pool Fires

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J. R. Vincent, S. R. Gollahalli

School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73018

J. Energy Resour. Technol 117(1), 37-42 (Mar 01, 1995) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2835318 History: Received May 30, 1994; Revised October 14, 1994; Online January 22, 2008


The risk of accidental spills and possible fires is high in the storage and handling of large quantities of flammable liquids. Such liquid pool fires are generally buoyancy-driven and emit a large fraction of their heat release in the form of radiation. Ignition and combustion characteristics of liquid pools depend on the design parameters such as diameter, spacing, and shape of the pools. This laboratory scale study was conducted to determine the effects of these parameters on the characteristics of multiple liquid pool fires. The measurements reported include pool surface regression rate, flame height, temperature, and concentrations of carbon dioxide, soot, and oxygen.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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