Chapter 7



Chemical chain and thermal ignition phenomena are described. The thermal theories of Semenov and Frank-Kamenetskii are developed for analysis of the criteria for spontaneous ignition. Forced ignition by sparks and the concept of minimum ignition energy are presented as well as ignition by adiabatic compression and shock waves. Other specialized ignition processes, such as hypergolicity, pyrophoricity, and catalytically assisted ignition, are introduced.


Catalytic ignition; Chain ignition; Hypergolicity; Minimum ignition energy; Pyrophoricity; Spark ignition; Thermal ignition

7.1. Concepts

If the concept of ignition were purely a chemical phenomenon, it would be treated more appropriately prior to the discussion of ...

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