Nucleation, growth, and scaling in slow combustion

M.E.J. Karttunen, N. Provatas, T. Ala-Nissila, 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 number5-6
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


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