This work reports an experimental and numerical analysis on the sooting characteristics of butanol isomers. Light extinction and gas chromatography were used to measure soot and gas-phase species, respectively. Kinetic analysis of the tested flames was performed with detailed gas-phase mechanism and a sectional soot model. The present work aims to provide an understanding on the effects of butanol isomeric structures on sooting tendencies. For a comprehensive analysis, flames of both neat butanol fuels and butanol/hydrocarbon mixtures were studied. The results showed that the relative ranking of sooting tendencies among the butanol isomers were similar in neat butanol flames and in butanol-doped ethylene flames. In addition, we show that a small amount of butanol addition in ethylene flame enhanced soot formation. It was found that different isomeric structures mainly affected the formation of C3H3, which led to the different concentrations of important aromatic soot precursors. In the butanol-doped ethylene flames, the blending of the four butanol isomers increased the number of C3H3 formation pathways, which in turn significantly increased the production of benzene. Structural effects explaining for the differences in the sooting tendencies of the four butanol isomers in neat butanol flames and ethylene/butanol flames were found to be the same.
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- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
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- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Fuel Technology