Nucleation, growth, and scaling in slow combustion

M. Karttunen, N. Provatas, T. Ala-Nissilä, M. Grant

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We study the nucleation and growth of flame fronts in slow combustion. This is modeled by a set of reaction-diffusion equations for the temperature field, coupled to a background of reactants and augmented by a term describing random temperature fluctuations for ignition. We establish connections between this model and the classical theories of nucleation and growth of droplets from a metastable phase. Our results are in good agreement with theoretical predictions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1401-1411
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1998
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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