Faculty Advisor

Rangwala, Ali S.


This project explores the correlation of the mass-burning rate of condensed fuels to the gas-phase temperature gradient at a fuel surface. A thermocouple probe was designed to collect temperature data and consisted of a 0.0762mm diameter thermocouple that was supported and protected by ceramic tubing. A noncombustible porous brick was used to support combustion of a liquid fuel on one brick face. To measure the gas-phase temperature gradient along the height of the brick, the probe was moved in both the vertical and horizontal directions. Currently, this correlation is supported with numerical models validated by applicable, but inexplicit experimental data. The experiments in this project were designed to explicitly support the correlation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering