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Modelling Soot Formation in Aviation Fuel Oxidation

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A. G. Kyne, M. Pourkashanian

University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

C. W. Wilson

University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Paper No. GT2006-90571, pp. 503-512; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Combustion and Fuels, Education
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4236-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This study outlines the development of a new chemical kinetic surrogate aviation fuel air reaction mechanism which models up to four ring Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) growth. A sensitivity analysis has been conducted to guide us in improving the correlation with modelled and measured species’ profiles in an n-decane – air combustion environment. It was reassuring that the mechanism could be successfully applied to an out of sample set of experimental profiles for acetylene combustion and showed a noticeable improvement over a previous reaction model. In order to calculate the soot volume fraction, a previously developed soot model was employed that accounts for soot particle coagulation, aggregation and surface growth. The impact of pressure, equivalence ratio and residence time on soot formation for a surrogate aviation fuel-air combustion in a Perfectly Stirred Reactor was also investigated. Generally speaking, the level of soot increased with increasing pressure, residence time and equivalence ratio.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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