Multi-species time-history measurements during n-dodecane oxidation behind reflected shock waves

D. F. Davidson, Z. Hong, G. L. Pilla, Aamir Farooq, R. D. Cook, R. K. Hanson

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Concentration time-histories were measured behind reflected shock waves during n-dodecane oxidation for five species: n-dodecane, C2H 4, OH, CO2, and H2O. Experiments were conducted at temperatures of 1300-1600 K and pressures near 2 atm using mixtures of 400 ppm n-dodecane and 7400 ppm oxygen (φ = 1) in argon. n-Dodecane and ethylene were monitored using IR gas laser absorption at 3.39 and 10.53 μm, respectively; OH was monitored using UV laser absorption at 306.5 nm; and CO2 and H2O were monitored using tunable IR diode laser absorption at 2.7 and 2.5 μm, respectively. These time-histories provide kinetic targets to test and refine large reaction mechanisms for n-dodecane and demonstrate the potential of this type of data for validation of large reaction mechanisms. Comparisons are made with the predictions of two recently developed large-alkane reaction mechanisms, and the need for improved rate measurements of higher alkene reactions is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 10 2011


  • Laser absorption
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Shock tube
  • n-Dodecane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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