A directed relation graph method for mechanism reduction

Tianfeng Lu, Chung King Law

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A systematic approach for mechanism reduction was developed and demonstrated. The approach consists of the generation of skeletal mechanisms from detailed mechanism using directed relation graph with specified accuracy requirement, and the subsequent generation of reduced mechanisms from the skeletal mechanisms using computational singular perturbation based on the assumption of quasi-steady-state species. Both stages of generation are guided by the performance of PSR for high-temperature chemistry and auto-ignition delay for low- to moderately high-temperature chemistry. The demonstration was performed for a detailed ethylene oxidation mechanism consisting of 70 species and 463 elementary reactions, resulting in a specific skeletal mechanism consisting of 33 species and 205 elementary reactions, and a specific reduced mechanism consisting of 20 species and 16 global reactions. Calculations for laminar flame speeds and nonpremixed counterflow ignition using either the skeletal mechanism or the reduced mechanism show very close agreement with those obtained by using the detailed mechanism over wide parametric ranges of pressure, temperature, and equivalence ratio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1333-1341
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Event30th International Symposium on Combustion - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Jul 25 2004Jul 30 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Directed relation graph
  • Reduced mechanism


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