Development of a laminar flame test facility for bio-diesel characterization
Sinibaldi, Jose O.
Millsaps, Knox T.
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The thesis examines the current testing standards for diesel fuels and establishes the relevance of such testing standards to bio-derived diesel fuels. There is a need for more detailed kinetics information for bio-diesel fuels to allow exploration of issues in engine and fuel design. Flame studies can provide overall chemical kinetic information that is currently lacking in the literature for bio-diesels fuels. An experimental apparatus to measure laminar flame speeds was designed and implemented to convey overall chemical reaction rate information. This work addresses three major aspects of such design: combustion chamber, auxilliary systems (gases and fuel supply, ignition and control), and measurement systems. Test rig characterization was attempted; however, critical ignition and fueling issues were uncovered during experimentation. Suggestions for future work provide solutions and improvement pathways to the current design.
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