Effect of ecologically safe gas-aerosol mixtures on the velocity of explosive combustion of n-heptane





retarder, inhibitor of combustion, fire-extinguishing aerosol, combined extinguishing, aerosol-forming compound


To solve the problem of effective retardation, researchers propose to use mostly gases, powders and their mixtures, as well as, in some cases, khladons and their mixtures with gases. Given the characteristics of known agents of volumetric fire-extinguishing, they share common shortcomings: devices are rather sizeable, gas storage requires a significant number of cylinders, powders need rather big containers, in which they tend to clod. In addition, it takes too long to supply the above-mentioned substances compared with the velocity of explosion front propagation.

Determining an influence of the addition of gas-aerosol mixtures on the velocity of flame propagation throughout stoichiometric n-heptane-air mixture will make it possible to define effective concentrations and ratios of fire-extinguishing aerosol and gases СО2 and N2 on the velocity of flame propagation throughout a combustible homogeneous mixture, which will guide towards a more efficient use of gas-aerosol mixtures in order to prevent explosions and fires.

Present research shows high effectiveness of influence of the addition of a binary mixture of fire-extinguishing aerosol and gases СО2 and N2 on a decrease in velocity of flame of the homogeneous heptane-air mixture. It was experimentally found that the influence of binary mixtures on the stoichiometric n-heptane-air mixture decreases the flame propagation velocity by up to 6.5 times, compared with the original velocity of flame propagation throughout the stoichiometric mixture. Thus, even small addition of binary gas-aerosol mixtures to the homogeneous combustible systems decreases explosion power and prevents the occurrence of detonation in them. Fire-extinguishing concentrations of aerosol and gases in this case decreases considerably due to synergy between them.

Determining the effect of binary gas-air mixtures on the velocity of flame propagation throughout homogeneous combustible mixtures allows us to define conditions for effective anti-explosive and fire-retardant protection of sites with the presence of flammable, combustible and explosive media and substances. 

Author Biographies

Volodymyr Balanyuk, Lviv State University of Life Safety Kleparivska str., 35, Lviv, Ukraine, 79000

PhD, Associate Professor, Colonel of service of civil protection

Department of postgraduate studies and doctoral studies

Vasily Kovalishin, Lviv State University of Life Safety Kleparivska str., 35, Lviv, Ukraine, 79000

Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Head of Department

Department of fire tactics and rescue operations

Nazariy Kozyar, Main Control service emergencies Ukraine in Kyiv Volodymyrska str., 13, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601

PhD, Deputy Chief, Colonel of the Civil Protection Service


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How to Cite

Balanyuk, V., Kovalishin, V., & Kozyar, N. (2017). Effect of ecologically safe gas-aerosol mixtures on the velocity of explosive combustion of n-heptane. Eastern-European Journal of Enterprise Technologies, 4(10 (88), 12–19. https://doi.org/10.15587/1729-4061.2017.108427