Combustion, Foliage


Individual samples of high moisture fuels from the western and southern United States and humidified aspen excelsior were burned over a flat-flame burner at 987◦ ±12 C and 10±0.5 mol% O2. Time-dependent mass and temperature profiles of these samples were obtained and analysed. It was observed that significant amounts of moisture remained in the individual samples after ignition occurred. Temperature histories showed a plateau at 200◦–300 C at the leaf perimeter rather than at 100 C, with a plateau of 140 C for the leaf interior. Implications are that classical combustion models should be altered to reflect the behaviour of moisture in high moisture (live) samples. Mass release rates were determined at ignition and maximum flame height; these appeared to vary due to surface area and perimeter, but no significant correlation was found for all species

Original Publication Citation

Pickett, B. M., C. Isackson, R. Wunder, T. H. Fletcher, B. W. Butler, and D. R. Weise, “Experimental Measurements during Combustion of Moist Individual Foliage Samples,” International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19, 153-162 (2010). DOI: 10.1071/WF07121

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



CSIRO Publishing




Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering


Chemical Engineering

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor