Thermal characterization of electric cooktops

Tarique Jhatial, Simo Hostikka

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Ignition risks associated with cooktops have increased despite the advancement in the cooktop technology. In this work, we try to improve our understanding of cooktop ignitions and the effects of the cooktop type on the ignition risk. A series of experiments were conducted to characterize several types of electric cooktop in terms of their capacity to cause ignitions. Three types of electric cooktops were tested including an electric coil cooktop with cast iron plate, ceramic glass cooktop and an induction cooktop. The electric power and temperature of the heating element of cooktops were measured at different settings using power analyzer, thermocouples, and infrared camera. Furthermore, the thermal responses of cooking pans of different materials are analyzed on heating elements of all three cooktop types. This preliminary study will be helpful to evaluate the competency of different types of electric cooktops in terms of igniting a variety of common kitchen items.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-117
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventPalotutkimuksen päivät - Virtual, Online, Finland
Duration: 7 Sept 20219 Sept 2021


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