A detailed chemical kinetic modeling and experimental investigation of the low- and high-temperature chemistry of n-butylcyclohexane
Pitz, William J.
Curran, Henry J.
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Pitz, William J., Liang, Jinhu, Kukkadapu, Goutham, Zhang, Kuiwen, Conroy, Christine, Bugler, John, & Curran, Henry J. A detailed chemical kinetic modeling and experimental investigation of the low- and high-temperature chemistry of n-butylcyclohexane. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/kin.21457
Chemical kinetic models of gasoline, jet, and diesel fuels and their mixtures with bioderived fuels are needed to assess fuel property effects on efficiency, emissions, and other performance metrics in internal combustion and gas turbine engines. As these real fuels have too many fuel components to be included in a chemical kinetic model, surrogate fuels containing fewer components are used to represent them. These surrogate fuels mimic the chemical classes or molecular structures contained in the real fuel. One of the important chemical classes in gasoline, jet, and diesel fuels comprises cyclohexanes. Cyclohexanes comprise about 30% or more by weight in diesel fuel. Also, Mueller et al (Energy Fuels. 2012;26(6):3284-3303) proposed n-butylcyclohexane (nBCH) as a component in a nine-component surrogate palette to represent the ignition properties, distillation curve, density, and molecular structures of a diesel certification fuel. In this work, experimental measurements of the ignition delay times (IDTs) of nBCH in a shock tube and in a rapid compression machine are reported over a wide range of temperature, pressure, and equivalence ratio important for enabling the validation of a chemical kinetic model for nBCH for combustion in diesel engines. The range of conditions are temperatures of 630-1420 K, pressures of 10, 30, and 50 bar, and equivalence ratios of 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 in 'air'. A detailed chemical model is developed for nBCH to simulate its ignition at both low and high-temperature conditions and at relevant elevated pressures. The experimentally measured IDTs are used to improve and validate the chemical kinetic model.
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