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Old   June 14, 2000, 05:47
Default Choice of species in prePDF
Elias Castro
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I'm trying to model a combustion system of kerosene (C12H23) with prePDF using the equilibrium chemistry approach.

My problem is that I follow the guidelines on choosing species of the user's manual, and one of them says "For hydrocarbon combustion systems, it is recommended that you include C(S) and H_2O(L)."

I find a big difference depending on whether I include C(s) or not. When I include it, I get a high value for the mass fraction of C(s) in the rich limit (0.4 !), but I don't get lighter hydrocarbons (apart from CH4).

If I remove C(s) from the list, I get a much more "interesting" description of the system, with formation of CH4, C5H6, C2H4, C2H6, etc.

Here is the problem: my lack of knowledge about this processes. My questions are:

a) Do you think that the mass fraction of C(s) I get is too high?

b) Is my second choice really more "interesting" ? or is it better to get an equivalent description of the system with a smaller number of species? ; and in that case, how can I test that equivalence?

Thanks a lot,

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Old   June 15, 2000, 17:03
Default Re: Choice of species in prePDF
Graham Goldin
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I do not include C(s) in the species list; there is usually not enough time in a flame for solid C to equilibrate.
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