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what in a candle produces flame? is it the wick or the wax..? can the wax only(without a wick) produce a flame on burning?

what in a candle produces flame? is it the wick or the wax..? can the wax only(without a wick) produce a flame on burning?

Grade:11

4 Answers

AKASH GOYAL AskiitiansExpert-IITD
419 Points
10 years ago

Dear Rhinithaa

The heat of the match used to light the candle melts and vaporizes a small amount of fuel. Once vaporized, the fuel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to form a flame. This flame provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning via a self-sustaining chain of events: the heat of the flame melts the top of the mass of solid fuel, the liquefied fuel then moves upward through the wick via capillary action, and the liquefied fuel is then vaporized to burn within the candle's flame.

As the mass of solid fuel is melted and consumed, the candle grows shorter. Portions of the wick that are not emitting vaporized fuel are consumed in the flame. The incineration of the wick limits the exposed length of the wick, thus maintaining a constant burning temperature and rate of fuel consumption

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pawan deep
41 Points
10 years ago

A candle is a solid block of fuel (commonly wax) and an embedded wick, which is lit to provide light, and sometimes heat.

The heat of the match used to light the candle melts and vaporizes a small amount of fuel. Once vaporized, the fuel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to form a flame. This flame provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning via a self-sustaining chain of events: the heat of the flame melts the top of the mass of solid fuel, the liquefied fuel then moves upward through the wick via capillary action, and the liquefied fuel is then vaporized to burn within the candle's flame.

pawan deep
41 Points
10 years ago

if you are satisfied than pls reply.......

thanks...

Rhinithaa PT
19 Points
10 years ago

thanks 4 the answers

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