Ignition characteristics of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran: An experimental and kinetic study

Rupali Tripathi, Changyoul Lee, Ravi X. Fernandes, Herbert Olivier, Henry J. Curran, Mani Sarathy, Heinz Pitsch

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The present paper elucidates oxidation behavior of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF), a novel second-generation biofuel. New experimental data sets for 2-MTHF including ignition delay time measurements in two different combustion reactors, i.e. rapid compression machine and high-pressure shock tube, are presented. Measurements for 2-MTHF/oxidizer/diluent mixtures were performed in the temperature range of . 639-1413 K, at pressures of 10, 20, and 40 bar, and at three different equivalence ratios of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0. A detailed chemical kinetic model describing both low-and high-temperature chemistry of 2-MTHF was developed and validated against new ignition delay measurements and already existing flame species profiles and ignition delay measurements. The mechanism provides satisfactory agreement with the experimental data. For identifying key reactions at various combustion conditions and to attain a better understanding of the combustion behavior, reaction path and sensitivity analyses were performed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-595
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 15 2016


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