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Keywords:

  • thermal balance method;
  • critical adiabatic flame temperature;
  • oxygen calorimetry;
  • mixture flammability

Based on the thermal balance between quenching and heating potentials of each component (fuel/oxygen/diluent), a method of computing flame temperature is proposed. This method can be used to find the critical flame temperature at lower flammable limits or estimate the lower flammable limits with an assumed critical flame temperature. © 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Process Saf Prog 32: 387–392, 2013