Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Ali S. Rangwala, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Robert G. Zalosh

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

Kathy A. Notarianni

Co-advisor

Robert G. Zalosh

Identifier

etd-100611-165339

Abstract

"This study considers the flammability hazard associated with the pouring of gasoline from a portable gasoline container (PGC) in an area containing a potential ignition source. In this scenario a flame may propagate into the PGC and cause an explosion if a flammable environment exists along the length of the pour spout and into the PGC headspace. In order to quantify this hazard, experiments are conducted to measure the flammable vapor concentration within this area under various conditions of temperature, liquid volume, and container pour angle. It is found that liquid fuel volumes as high as 30 mL in a 5-gallon PGC are capable of producing a flammable vapors within the PGC headspace. Finally, a mathematical model is presented to predict the flammability hazard under various conditions."

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Fire Protection Engineering

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2011-10-06

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

gasoline container flammability vapor concentratio

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