what happens when a candle is alight?

QuestionsCategory: sciencewhat happens when a candle is alight?
Glen Morales asked 5 months ago
what happens when a candle is alight?

2 Answers
Glen Morales answered 5 months ago
Paraffin vaporizes near the base of the wick and is convected upwards into the air. Particles of soot form that give off the light before they burn up at a reaction front. It is called a “diffusion flame” because the oxidizer and fuel come together from opposite directions.

Glen Morales answered 5 months ago
This reference explains how a candle works better than I just did:
http://www.answers.com/topic/diffusion-flame?cat=technology

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