Flame speed

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The flame speed is the measured rate of expansion of the flame front in a combustion reaction. Whereas flame speed is generally used for a fuel, a related term is explosive velocity, which is the same relationship measured for an explosive. Combustion engineers differentiate between the laminar flame speed and turbulent flame speed. Flame speed is typically measured in m/s, cm/s, etc.

In engines[edit]

In an internal combustion engine, the flame speed of a fuel is a property which determines its ability to undergo controlled combustion without detonation. Flame speed is used along with adiabatic flame temperature to help determine the engine's efficiency. According to one source,

"...high flame-speed combustion processes, which closely approximate constant-volume processes, should reflect in high efficiencies.[1]"

The flame speed for a gas engine is typically 16.5 m/s.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NASA Technical Note, May 1977, "Emissions and Total Energy Consumption of a Multicylinder Piston Engine Running on Gasoline and a Hydrogen-Gasoline Mixture"
  2. ^ http://www.faqs.org/faqs/autos/gasoline-faq/part3/section-1.html