Microwave assisted ignition to achieve combustion synthesis

E. Balakrishnan, M. I. Nelson, X. D. Chen

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The use of microwave heating to initiate combustion synthesis has been increasingly investigated in recent years because of its advantages over traditional methods. A simple mathematical model is used to model these experiments. The microwave power absorption term is modelled as the product of an Arrhenius reaction term with a function that decays exponentially with distance. The former represents the temperature-dependent absorption of the microwaves whereas the latter describes the penetration of the material by the microwaves. Combustion kinetics are modelled as a first-order Arrhenius reaction. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-164
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Ceramics
  • Combustion
  • Microwaves
  • Self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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