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The Effects of Sooting and Radiation on Droplet CombustionThe burning of liquid hydrocarbon fuels accounts for a significant portion of global energy production. With predicted future increases in demand and limited reserves of hydrocarbon fuel, it is important to maximize the efficiency of all processes that involve conversion of fuel. With the exception of unwanted fires, most applications involve introduction of liquid fuels into an oxidizing environment in the form of sprays which are comprised of groups of individual droplets. Therefore, tremendous benefits can result from a better understanding of spray combustion processes. Yet, theoretical developments and experimental measurements of spray combustion remains a daunting task due to the complex coupling of a turbulent, two-phase flow with phase change and chemical reactions. However, it is recognized that individual droplet behavior (including ignition, evaporation and combustion) is a necessary component for laying the foundation for a better understanding of spray processes. Droplet combustion is also an ideal problem for gaining a better understanding of non-premixed flames. Under the idealized situation producing spherically-symmetric flames (produced under conditions of reduced natural and forced convection), it represents the simplest geometry in which to formulate and solve the governing equations of mass, species and heat transfer for a chemically reacting two phase flow with phase change. The importance of this topic has promoted extensive theoretical investigations for more than 40 years.
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Conference Paper
Lee, Kyeong-Ook
(Illinois Univ. Chicago, IL United States)
Manzello, Samuel L.
(Illinois Univ. Chicago, IL United States)
Choi, Mun Young
(Illinois Univ. Chicago, IL United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1997
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Publication: Fourth International Microgravity Combustion Workshop
Subject Category
Inorganic And Physical Chemistry
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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