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Spray combustion characteristics of palm biodiesel

Chong, CT and Hochgreb, S (2012) Spray combustion characteristics of palm biodiesel. Combustion Science and Technology, 184. pp. 1093-1107. ISSN 0010-2202

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Abstract

The potential of palm methyl esters (PME) as an alternative fuel for gas turbines is investigated using a swirl burner. The main air flow is preheated to 623 K, and a swirling spray flame is established at atmospheric pressure. The spray combustion characteristics of PME are compared to diesel and Jet-A1 fuel under the same burner power output of 6 kW. Investigation of the fuel atomizing characteristics using phase Doppler anemometry (PDA) shows that most droplets are distributed within the flame reaction zone region. PME droplets exhibit higher Sautermean diameter (SMD) values than baseline fuels, and thus higher droplet penetration length and longer evaporation timescales. The PME swirl flame presents a different visible flame reaction zone while combusting with low luminosity and produces no soot. NO x emissions per unit mass of fuel and per unit energy are reduced by using PME relative to those of conventional fuels. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Airblast Gas turbine Jet-A1 Palm biodiesel Spray flame Swirl burner
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:26
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 19:05
DOI: 10.1080/00102202.2012.663999