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 atm and 15 atm and temperatures from 785 K to 935 K. 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% was found to reduce the ignition delay by up to a factor of 4, the delay times were still found to be greater than 60 ms 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.
An Experimental Ignition Delay Study of Alkane Mixtures in Turbulent Flows at Elevated Pressures and Intermediate Temperatures
Beerer, D., McDonell, V., Samuelsen, S., and Angello, L. (September 13, 2010). "An Experimental Ignition Delay Study of Alkane Mixtures in Turbulent Flows at Elevated Pressures and Intermediate Temperatures." ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. January 2011; 133(1): 011502. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4001981
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