Microwave-assisted ignition

J. K. Bechtold, M. R. Booty, G. A. Kriegsmann

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The microwave heating and ignition of a combustible material is modeled and analyzed in the small Biot number and large activation energy regimes. Both the temporal and spatial evolution of the temperature within the material are described. The ignition characteristics are determined by a localized equation for the perturbation to the inert temperature, which is shown to exhibit thermal runaway behavior. Analysis of this local equation provides explicit ignition conditions in terms of the physical parameters in the problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-375
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Spring Symposium - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Apr 8 1996Apr 12 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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