1934-01-01

Ice Formation in Aircraft-Engine Carburetors 340116

ICE formation in the carburetor must depend on, at least, the factors (a) volatility and heat of vaporization of the fuel; (b) mixture ratio; (c) humidity, pressure, and the temperature of the intake air; and (d) heat transfer between the carburetor and its surroundings, especially the engine, according to the authors.
Small-scale and full-scale tests were made, descriptions of the seven fuels used and of the testing apparatus being given. The procedures for both sets of tests are outlined and the results are analyzed. Other subjects treated are the heat necessary to melt ice, and correlation with the A.S.T.M. distillation. Five conclusions are stated.
Appendix 1 refers to calculation of the relation between intake and mixture temperatures when ice formation occurs. Appendix 2 treats of the construction of equilibrium-air-distillation curves for a series of supplied mixture ratios. Appendix 3 is concerned with engine operation near the danger zone and definition of border conditions.

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