MARIA MITU, VENERA GIURCAN, DOMNINA RAZUS, DUMITRU OANCEA INERT GAS INFLUENCE ON PROPAGATION VELOCITY OF METHANE-AIR LAMINAR FLAMES The flame propagation in methane-air mixtures diluted by inert additives (He, Ar, N2, CO2) was studied by means of pressure-time records of laminar deflagrations occurring in a spherical vessel with central ignition. Experiments were made using mixtures with various equivalence ratios between 0.610 and 1.310 and various inert concentrations between 5 and 25 vol%, at various initial pressures between 50 and 200 kPa. Examination of pressure-time records in the early stage of explosions delivered the normal burning velocities Su via the coefficients of the cubic law of pressure rise, using a previously described procedure. The propagation velocities (or the flame speed) were calculated from the normal burning velocities using the expansion coefficients of the unburnt gas during the isobaric combustion. The propagation velocities of examined systems obtained from experimental data were examined against the propagation velocities obtained from kinetic modeling of methane-air-inert combustion by means of 1D COSILAB package using the GRI 3.0 mechanism.