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An Experimental Ignition Delay Study of Alkane Mixtures in Turbulent Flows at Elevated Pressure and Intermediate Temperatures

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David Beerer, Vincent McDonell, Scott Samuelsen

UC Irvine Combustion Laboratory, Irvine, CA

Leonard Angello

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA

Paper No. GT2010-22865, pp. 725-735; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 2: Combustion, Fuels and Emissions, Parts A and B
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4397-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Autoignition delay times of mixtures of alkanes and natural gas were studied experimentally in a high pressure and intermediate temperature turbulent flow reactor. Measurements were made at pressures between 7 and 15 atm and temperatures from 785 to 935K. The blends include binary and ternary mixtures of methane, ethane and propane; along with various natural gas blends. Based on these data, the effect of higher hydrocarbons on the ignition delay time of natural gas type fuels at actual gas turbine engine conditions has been quantified. While the addition of higher hydrocarbons in quantities of up to 30% were found to reduce the ignition delay by up to a factor of four, the delay times were still found to be greater than 60 milliseconds in all cases which is well above the residence times of most engine premixers. The data were used to develop simple Arrhenius type correlations as a function of temperature, pressure and fuel composition for design use.

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