Explosion limits of hydrogen/oxygen mixtures with nitric oxide sensitization

Cheng Zhou, Wenkai Liang, Xueliang Yang, Chung K. Law

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The pressure–temperature explosion boundaries for H2-O2-NO mixtures were analyzed computationally. It is shown that, with the addition of NO to the H2-O2 mixture, the explosion limit maintains the non-monotonic Z-shaped response characteristic of H2-O2 explosions. As the addition of NO increases, the second explosion limit first moves toward lower temperatures and then reverts back to higher temperatures beyond 0.05% ~ 0.07% NO addition, with the third limit continuously moves toward the lower temperature side. Sensitivity analysis shows that, as the NO addition changes, the dominant reactions change at different pressures. The effects of wall termination reactions are also investigated by changing their reaction rates. Results show that, with increasing NO addition, the effect on the third limit weakens until it disappears.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number118158
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


  • Explosion limit
  • Hydrogen
  • Nitric oxide


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