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Measurements of Pool-Fire Temperature Using IR Technique. (419 K)

By Qian, C.; Saito, K.

Ref: Combustion Institute/Central and Western States (USA) and Combustion Institute/Mexican National Section and American Flame Research Committee. Combustion Fundamentals and Applications. Joint Technical Meeting. Proceedings. April 23-26, 1995, San Antonio, TX, Gore, J. P., Editor(s), 81-86 pp, 1995.

Sponsor: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

We made an attempt to measure the flame temperature of four different diameter hexane-pool-fires using IR technique. Emissivities for these four flames were estimated based on measurements of transmitted energy from a blackbody radiant source. The average flame temperature half way to the flame tip was 700-800 deg C, which was in good agreement with thermocouple-temperature measurements by others for a 3 m diameter hexane pool fire.

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Building and Fire Research Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD 20899 USA

Effects of atmosphere, temperature and emittance on reflected and emitted energy

A NASA report by R. Kumar, dated Sep 1, 1977, available online and downloadable as a PDF document.


The effects of temperature and emittance on the relative magnitude of reflected energy and emitter energy from a target including atmospheric effects was studied. From the calculations of energy reflected and emitted from a target including atmospheric effects using LOWTRAN 3 programs for midlatitude summer model, the following conclusions were obtained (1) At 3.5 micrometers q is considerably less than 1 except at high temperatures and for high emittance (2) at 4 micrometers q is of the order of magnitude equal to 1 for most targets and (3) at 4.6 micrometers, q is considerably greater than 1 at high temperatures and high emittance. In addition, incident atmospheric emission reflected from the target was found to be negligible except for targets having low temperature and low emittance.