The chemistry of flames
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): W. C. Gardiner
Publication Year: 1982

Cataloging Information

  • aerosols
  • carbon dioxide
  • chemistry
  • combustion
  • fuel management
  • fuel types
  • gases
  • heat
  • hydrocarbons
  • laboratory fires
  • pollution
  • soot
  • temperature
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 35000
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9290
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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'...With the aid of modern laboratory techniques it is possible to detect not only the end products of combustion proccsses but also many substances that appear transiently in the course of burning. As a result fire has come to be understood chemically as an intricate network of molecular events. The practical objective of this work remains what it was for prehistoric man: to learn how to burn the cheapest available fuels as efficiently, intensely and cleanly as possible.'

Gardiner, W. C., Jr. 1982. The chemistry of flames. Scientific American, p. 110-124.