Effects of Hydrogen Addition on Combustion Characteristics of n-Decane/Air Mixtures
Authors: X. Hui, C. Zhang, M. Xia, and C. J. Sung
Direct link to the paper: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2014.03.007
To explore the possibility of simultaneously extending the lean extinction limit and reducing the emission levels with hydrogen addition, a computational study is performed to investigate the effects of hydrogen addition on the fundamental combustion characteristics of n-decane/air mixtures. It is found that a small amount of hydrogen addition can significantly promote the reactivity of n-decane/air mixtures, leading to shortened ignition delays at high temperatures, increased laminar flame speeds, and reduced extinction residence times. The results on emissions show that the addition of hydrogen leads to a reduction in CO emission index under fuel rich conditions, while NO emission index increases with increasing hydrogen addition for all the conditions examined. The extent of the hydrogen addition effects on different combustion responses at varying pressures has also been investigated. In addition, sensitivity analysis has been conducted to identify the key reactions that are responsible for the enhanced reactivity associated with hydrogen addition. The present results further demonstrate that with the aid of hydrogen addition, leaner and hence cleaner combustion can be achieved without compromising static flame stability.
Citation: X. Hui, C. Zhang, M. Xia, and C. J. Sung, “Effects of Hydrogen Addition on Combustion Characteristics of n-Decane/Air Mixtures,” Combustion and Flame 161 (9), 2252-2262 (2014).