The approximate prediction of the concentration profiles following the release of a fuel into air, typically within a confined space at constant pressure and temperature is presented using generalized charts based on the one-dimensional diffusion equation and an effective eddy diffusivity. It is suggested that such generalized plots can be employed to establish the size and changes with time of the associated flammable zones, including when convective diffusion may be involved. Examples for some typical common fuels are presented.

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