Scaling law of flame propagation velocity and blast pressure in hydrogen-air deflagration

Teruhito Otsuka, Hiroyasu Saitoh, Norihiko Yoshikawa

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A scaling model for deflagrative blast decay is developed based on the Strhelow's constantvelocity flame model and the field experimental records of pressure transducers and high-speed video images of spherical flames in hydrogen-air clouds. The model provides a scaling rule in which the blast over-pressure normalized by the observed flame propagation velocity decays inversely proportional to the 0.73 power of the distance normalized by the characteristic explosion length. A similar decay behavior is also obtained for the normalized positive impulse. The impulse decay curves for lean and rich gas mixtures do not coincide, although the decay rates are close values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2249-2257
Number of pages9
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Issue number772
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Deflagration
  • Explosion
  • Hydrogen
  • Impulse
  • Premixed combustion
  • Pressure wave
  • Turbulent combustion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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