An experimental and modeling study of n-octanol combustion

Liming Cai, Yasar Uygun, Casimir Togbé, Heinz G. Pitsch, Herbert Olivier, P. Dagaut, Mani Sarathy

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This study presents the first investigation on the combustion chemistry of n-octanol, a long chain alcohol. Ignition delay times were determined experimentally in a high-pressure shock tube, and stable species concentration profiles were obtained in a jet stirred reactor for a range of initial conditions. A detailed kinetic model was developed to describe the oxidation of n-octanol at both low and high temperatures, and the model shows good agreement with the present dataset. The fuel's combustion characteristics are compared to those of n-alkanes and to short chain alcohols to illustrate the effects of the hydroxyl moiety and the carbon chain length on important combustion properties. Finally, the results are discussed in detail. © 2014 The Combustion Institute.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015

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Acknowledgements: This work was performed as part of the Cluster of Excellence "Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass" which is funded by the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments to promote science and research at German universities and as part of the collaborative research center (SFB) 1029 which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The work at KAUST was funded by the Clean Combustion Research Center. Co-author S.M.S. acknowledges funding from the TMFB Visiting Fellowship program. At CNRS, the research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 291049-2G-CSafe.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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