Kinetic effects of methyl radicals on PRF lean ignition a comparative study of skeletal mechanisms

Romain Aloy, Ernesto Sandoval, Myriam Belmekki, Yohan Blacodon, André Nicolle

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Despite considerable achievements of combustion kinetics, the chemical kinetic impacts of trace promoting species on practical fuel combustion has been hitherto handled seperately either as ignition or extinction-related effects, overlooking the impact of the extinction process on re-ignition kinetics. We herein demonstrate the applicability of oscillatory stirred reactor configuration to quantify the combined impacts of the methyl radical on ignition/extinction of primary reference fuels (PRF) in stoichiometric and ultra-lean conditions, thereby complementing steady-state configurations for kinetic mechanism validation. A new convenient reactivity metric is proposed based on the matching of temperature Fourier spectrum of additivated fuels with corresponding PRF. Using a new skeletal mechanism obtained from calibration on a variety of ignition experiments, we characterize ignition regimes by CEMA analysis and highlight the key reactions of the C1-C3 reaction subsets that should be included in minimal skeletal mechanisms used in reactive CFD modeling to properly describe re-ignition phenomena over a variety of new combustion applications involving methyl radical injection.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111547
JournalCombustion and Flame
StatePublished - Jun 20 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-07-29
Acknowledgements: ES thanks Dr David Sheen for useful discussions on the MUM-PCE code.


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