Autoignition of low to high octane gasolines

Aamir Farooq, Binod Giri, Mohammed A. AlAbbad, Mani Sarathy, H. Curran

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Ignition delay times of two high-octane gasolines (RON: 91 and 97.5) and two low-octane gasolines (RON: 70.3 and 71.8) were studied in a high-pressure shock tube and in a rapid compression machine. The high-octane gasolines were oxygenated and contained 5 – 10 % ethanol. Experiments were carried out over a wide range of temperatures (700 – 1300 K), at two pressures (20 and 40 bar) and at two equivalence ratios (0.5 and 1.0). All fuels exhibited very similar reactivity at high temperatures. The RON-dependence was strongest in the NTC region while the sensitivity (RON – MON) effects were seen both in the intermediate- and low-temperature regions. Binary (PRF), tertiary (TPRF) and multi-component surrogates were formulated to simulate the reactivity of these gasolines. It was observed that PRF surrogates captured the reactivity of low sensitivity (and low octane) gasolines adequately while multicomponent surrogates were needed to fully describe the autoignition behavior of high sensitivity (and high octane) gasolines. Experimental and simulation results are compared across wide variety of gasoline ignition delay data. Fuel composition effects on autoignition were elaborated with the help of detailed chemical kinetic simulations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, ASPACC 2017
PublisherCombustion Institute
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-01-06
Acknowledgements: Research reported in this work was funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).


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