Science Café Cleveland to discuss “Combustion: from candle, rocket to wildfire”

September’s Science Café Cleveland event will be centered around “Combustion: from candle, rocket to wildfire.”

From ancient time to the present, combustion has been used to provide heating and energy conversion to work. Combustion can also emit pollutants and be a fire hazard. The mechanisms of the combustion processes are very complex. Despite the complexity, a fundamental understanding of the scientific details can lead to improved engine efficiency, cleaner environment and safer houses.

In this presentation, James S. Tien and Fumiaki Takahashi will use several simple examples to illustrate some of the features of the combustion processes; from a candles flame in different gravities, rockets burning at different pressures, and how to minimize house ignition in wildfires.

Science Café Cleveland will be held at The Market Garden Brewery (1947 W. 25th St. Cleveland) on Sept. 12. Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m., with the discussion starting around 7 p.m.

It is sponsored by the CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and Market Garden Brewery.