American Journal of Applied Sciences

On Thermal Explosion of Sensitized Reaction with Variable Heat Loss

K.S. Adegbie and F.I. Alao

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2007.53.55

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 4, Issue 1

Pages 53-55


This study discusses the influence of heat loss on the critical ignition temperature and Frank-Kamenetskii parameter of a non-linear ordinary differential equation arising in thermal sensitized reaction. The reaction obeys the Arrhenius expression with temperature dependent pre-exponential factor, taking heat exchange between the reacting material and its surrounding into account. The consequences of heat loss are explored within the framework of one dimensional, steady state model. The numerical estimations based on shooting method techniques show the effect of heat loss parameter on the critical values of ignition temperature and Frank-Kamenetskii parameter.


© 2007 K.S. Adegbie and F.I. Alao. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.