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In this paper, we present a ‘simplified’ approach for the numerical modelling of the convective currents that occur within a liquid fuel in the case of a pool fire and which are induced by in-depth thermal radiation. This approach is based on the concept of ‘effective’ thermal conductivity, which is calculated herein based on the analytical solution of a steady-state one-dimensional heat conduction equation including a source term for in-depth radiation. This solution leads to a temperature profile which displays a horizontal liquid layer (of a given depth) that is bounded by a temperature that is higher at its bottom than its top. This thermal structure generates Rayleigh-Bénard instabilities which enhance heat transfer within the liquid. This effect is modeled via an increase of the ‘actual’ thermal conductivity of the liquid by a dimensionless heat transfer number, namely the Nusselt number. The Nusselt number is calculated based on the ‘classical expression’ of the Rayleigh number for the case of a ‘horizontal cavity heated from below’. The paper provides the details of the derived solution for the ‘effective’ thermal conductivity along with examples of application to several fuels.
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International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards (9; 2019; Saint Petersburg, Russia). Proceedings of the Ninth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards [Электронный ресурс]. Vol. 1: 21-26 April 2019, Saint Petersburg, Russia / Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Autonomous Non-Profit Organization "Fire and Explosion Safety", Gefest Holding Ltd ; [edited by A. Snegirev [et al.]. — Электрон. текстовые дан. (1 файл : 118 Мб). — Saint Petersburg, 2019. — Загл. с титул. экрана. — Свободный доступ из сети Интернет (чтение, печать, копирование). — Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0. — <URL:http://elib.spbstu.ru/dl/2/k19-45.pdf>. — <URL:http://doi.org/10.18720/SPBPU/2/k19-45>.
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