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Direct Numerical Simulations of Dual-Fuel Non-Premixed Autoignition

Demosthenous, E and Mastorakos, E and Stewart Cant, R (2016) Direct Numerical Simulations of Dual-Fuel Non-Premixed Autoignition. Combustion Science and Technology, 188. pp. 542-555. ISSN 0010-2202

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© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Autoignition of turbulent methane/air mixing layers, in which n-heptane droplets have been added, was investigated by DNS. This configuration is relevant to dual-fuel, pilot-ignited natural gas engines under direct injection conditions. Two passive scalars were introduced in order to describe the dual fuel combustion. It was shown that the pre-ignition phase is dominated by n-heptane oxidation while methane oxidation is less intense. During the pre-ignition phase, the methane/air mixing layer is distorted due to turbulence creating regions around the n-heptane droplets allowing the transport of intermediate species to the methane reaction zone. According to the passive scalars introduced, it was shown that ignition occurs at mixtures rich in n-heptane vapor. Subsequently, consumption of both n-heptane and methane is rapidly increased and promoted by the high temperatures achieved. The competition of the two fuels makes autoignition retarded relative to the pure n-heptane case, but accelerated relative to the pure methane case.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:34
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 06:01