I am doing my final year engineering project on Magnetic Field Assisted Combustion and was curious to see what people thought about it.
Companies sell rare earth magnetic arrangements to be attached to fuel lines of gas burners and they are said to improve combustion efficiency but why exactly?
I have performed a number of experiments using a standard butane/propane gas burner with some magnets manufactured by one of said companies and have had some contradicting results. With lower strength magnets, heat transfer unexpectedly slowed down but with a much stronger arrangement, heat transfer rate was increased.
Also, the burn out time of the same amount of gas took 8 minutes less with the magnets in place around the fuel line.
I have read a number of journals on similar subjects but even within these, the actual reason for the increase in heat output is still not known.
Any thoughts on the subject would be massively appreciated and possibly give me some other areas to investigate that I have not already thought of.