An experimental investigation on ethylene/oxygen/diluent mixtures: Laminar flame speeds with preheat and ignition delays at high pressures

K. Kumar, G. Mittal, C. J. Sung, Chung King Law

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Abstract

The atmospheric pressure laminar flame speeds of premixed ethylene/O2/N2 mixtures were experimentally measured over equivalence ratios ranging from 0.5 to 1.4 and mixture preheat temperatures varying from 298 to 470 K in a counterflow configuration. Ignition delay measurements were also conducted for ethylene/O2/N2/Ar mixtures using a rapid compression machine at compressed pressures from 15 to 50 bar and in the compressed temperature range of 850-1050 K. The experimental laminar flame speeds and ignition delays were then compared to the computed values using two existing chemical kinetic mechanisms. Results show that while the laminar flame speeds are reasonably predicted at room temperature conditions, the discrepancy becomes larger with increasing preheat temperatures. Comparison of experimental and computational ignition delay times is also conducted and discussed. Sensitivity analysis further shows that the ignition delay is highly sensitive to the reactions of the vinyl radical with molecular oxygen. The reaction of ethylene with the HO2 radical is also found to be important for autoignition under the current experimental conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication5th US Combustion Meeting 2007
PublisherCombustion Institute
Pages339-347
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781604238112
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event5th US Combustion Meeting 2007 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Mar 25 2007Mar 28 2007

Publication series

Name5th US Combustion Meeting 2007
Volume1

Other

Other5th US Combustion Meeting 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period3/25/073/28/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Kumar, K., Mittal, G., Sung, C. J., & Law, C. K. (2007). An experimental investigation on ethylene/oxygen/diluent mixtures: Laminar flame speeds with preheat and ignition delays at high pressures. In 5th US Combustion Meeting 2007 (pp. 339-347). (5th US Combustion Meeting 2007; Vol. 1). Combustion Institute.