New Approaches to Reacting Flow Modeling for Endothermic Fuel Cracking and Combustion in High-Speed Combustion

  1. It is important to be able to accurately predict the reaction pathways in combustion for use in combustion flow models, in order to determine and compare the properties of different fuels. The traditional approach is to attempt to establish the pathways from the reaction rates of the myriad elementary reactions participating in the combustion process. In contrast to this complexity is the general experience that combustion characteristics for actual devices are largely controlled by a much small set of only ~ 100 critical reactions. Present research studies aim to find simple mechanisms for combustion at high temperature.
  2. Our research focuses on two topics:
  3. (1) The role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in forming soot;
    (2) The non-equilibrium oxidation of alkyl radicals.