Methanol as a Soot Reducer in a Turbulent Swirling Burner PUBLIC ACCESS

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Armando J. Izquierdo

Intevep S.A. (R&D Center of Venezuelan Oil Industry), Venezuela

David P. Hoult

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. 84-JPGC-GT-2, pp. V001T02A002; 6 pages
  • 1984 Joint Power Generation Conference: GT Papers
  • 1984 Joint Power Generation Conference: GT Papers
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 30–October 4, 1984
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7935-1
  • Copyright © 1984 by ASME


The combined effect of using methanol as a fuel additive together with a prototype multifuel injector has been evaluated with regard to soot formation in a tubular laboratory burner with a turbulent swirl stabilized diffusion flame.

Kerosene, ERBS fuel and Blending Stock with approximately 14, 12.8 and 10.3 wt% of hydrogen respectively were characterized in terms of soot loading at the axial positions Z/D = 2.5 and 4.0 and normalized radius r/R = ±0.67. Mixtures of ERBS fuel and Blending Stock with 15 and 7.5 wt% of methanol were also characterized in the same way.

Measurements with the plain fuels showed a drastic reduction in soot formation, in the order of one hundred and fifty fold decrease, due to the new injector design. Further reductions by a factor of 2 and 1.5 were accomplished with the mixtures of 15 and 7.5 wt% of methanol respectively.

Copyright © 1984 by ASME
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