Shock Tube and Mid-IR Laser Absorption Study of Combustion Kinetics.
Degree: PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2018, Syracuse University
This thesis focuses on the experimental characterization of the combustion properties of
representative alternative fuels. Specifically, a shock tube and direct laser absorption
systems are used to investigate the ignition and pyrolysis processes of target fuels.
The research problem is motivated by concern about climate change and diminishing fossil
fuels. There is a need to develop advanced combustion systems and use more alternative
fuels. Innovative designs of combustion systems characterized by lower emissions and
higher efficiencies can be facilitated by validated models of the chemical processes
involved in combustion. The development of such validated models relies on extensive
experimental measurements of various fundamental combustion properties.
The measured properties are global chemical times and species time-histories. For the
global times, ignition is characterized by ignition delay time. A novel approach is
developed to define pyrolysis time. The chemical reactions that control pyrolysis are
generally also included in oxidation processes such as ignition. Pyrolysis is therefore
a limiting case that can be used to isolate and test the model subset that is controlled
by non-oxidative kinetics. Comparing ignition delay times and pyrolysis times at similar
thermodynamic conditions brings out the competition between non-oxidative and oxidative
kinetics. The species time-histories of fuel and CO are measured using direct absorption
of mid-IR laser.
The target fuels are representative alternative fuels and some less characterized fossil
fuel components. Among the alternative fuels studied are furans (2-methyl furan and
2-methyl tetrahydrofuran), alcohols (propanol isomers), and other relevant oxygenated
fuels (methyl tert-butyl ether, methyl propanoate). The fossil fuel components are
1,3-dimethylcyclohexane and methane. Methane and methyl propanoate blends are studied to
establish the ability of biodiesel to enhance the ignition of methane. Global kinetic
times are measured and used for model validation as well as establishing relative
For the species time-histories, fuel time-histories of 2-methyl tetrahydrofuran and
1,3-dimethylcyclohexane are measured using mid-IR laser around 3.9 µm, associated with
C–H bond stretching activities . CO time-histories during pyrolysis of propanol isomers,
methyl tert-butyl ether, 2-methyl tetrahydrofuran, methyl propanoate and its blend with
methane are obtained through mid-IR ro-vibrational absorption activities around 4.6 µm
using Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL).
These measurements of ignition times, pyrolysis times, fuel and CO time-histories
Advisors/Committee Members: Ben Akih-Kumgeh.
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APA (6th Edition):
Jouzdani, S. (2018). Shock Tube and Mid-IR Laser Absorption Study of Combustion Kinetics. (Doctoral Dissertation). Syracuse University. Retrieved from https://surface.syr.edu/etd/924
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Jouzdani, Shirin. “Shock Tube and Mid-IR Laser Absorption Study of Combustion Kinetics.” 2018. Doctoral Dissertation, Syracuse University. Accessed December 14, 2018.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Jouzdani, Shirin. “Shock Tube and Mid-IR Laser Absorption Study of Combustion Kinetics.” 2018. Web. 14 Dec 2018.
Jouzdani S. Shock Tube and Mid-IR Laser Absorption Study of Combustion Kinetics. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Syracuse University; 2018. [cited 2018 Dec 14].
Available from: https://surface.syr.edu/etd/924.
Council of Science Editors:
Jouzdani S. Shock Tube and Mid-IR Laser Absorption Study of Combustion Kinetics. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Syracuse University; 2018. Available from: https://surface.syr.edu/etd/924