Propene pyrolysis and oxidation kinetics in a flow reactor and laminar flames

S. G. Davis, C. K. Law, H. Wang

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The pyrolysis and oxidation of propene were studied experimentally in an atmospheric flow reactor. Species profiles were obtained in the intermediate to high temperature range (approximately 1200 K) for lean, stoichiometric, rich, and pyrolytic conditions. Laminar flame speeds of propene/air mixtures were also determined over an extensive range of equivalence ratios, at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, using the counterflow twin flame configuration. A detailed chemical kinetic model consisting of 469 reactions and 71 species was used to describe the high-temperature kinetics of propene, propyne, allene, and propane. It was shown that the kinetic model could accurately predict a wide range of combustion data for these fuels, including laminar premixed flame speeds, speciation in flow reactors, and ignition in shock tubes. Notable uncertainties in the reaction kinetics of these fuels are identified and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-399
Number of pages25
JournalCombustion and Flame
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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