A shock tube and kinetic modeling study of n-butanal oxidation

Jiaxiang Zhang, Lun Pan, Jun Mo, Jing Gong, Zuohua Huang, Chung K. Law

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n-Butanal is a key stable intermediate during the combustion of n-butanol, and as such strongly affects its chemical kinetics. In this study, ignition delay times of n-butanal/oxygen diluted with argon were measured behind reflected shock waves in the temperature range of 1100-1650. K, at pressures of 1.3, 5 and 10. atm, and equivalence ratios of 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0. An n-butanal sub-model was developed on the basis of literature review, and exhibits fairly good agreement with the experimental results under all test conditions. Reaction pathway and sensitivity analysis were conducted to gain an insight into the controlling reaction pathways and reaction steps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1541-1549
Number of pages9
JournalCombustion and Flame
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Ignition delay time
  • Kinetic modeling
  • N-Butanal
  • Shock tube


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