Preferential diffusion and concentration modification in sooting counterflow diffusion flames

R. L. Axelbaum, C. K. Law, W. L. Flower

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An experimental investigation has been conducted on the influence of the mobility of inert additives on soot formation in propane and ethylene counterflow diffusion flames. Inerts used were helium, neon, argon, or krypton, and the results show that while the mobility of the inert has practically no effect when a small amount of inert is added to the oxidizer side, the influence is significant when added to the fuel side in that krypton, being the least mobile inert, yields the greatest soot loading while helium, being the most mobile, yields the least. By relating the spatially-resolved soot volume fractions to the corresponding profiles of temperature, velocity and species concentrations, it is demonstrated that this influence on soot loading is likely caused by concentration modifications of the fuel and the soot precursors due to the different mobilities of the inert additives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-386
Number of pages8
JournalSymposium (International) on Combustion
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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