Butanol is a very promising biofuel candidate that has received considerable attention from the combustion community. However, the literature kinetic models are not able to predict shock tube data with reasonable accuracy. Therefore, an improved hightemperature kinetic mechanism is presented here for the oxidation of n-butanol in shock tubes. The mechanism is based on the published Sarathy et al. 2012  mechanism. This study reinforces the strategy of chemical kinetic model development using a comprehensive set of reaction pathways with reaction rate rules based on expert knowledge. We demonstrate that a model for n-butanol oxidation can be modified only slightly to better predict a new set of experimental data while also improving predictive capabilities at other combustion relevant conditions. Discussions are presented on the validity of the proposed mechanism against recent shock tube experiments.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Fall Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute 2013|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2013|