Sooting tendency and particle size distributions of n-heptane/toluene mixtures burned in a wick-fed diffusion flame

  • Particle size distributions of heptane/toluene mixtures and gasoline in a diffusion flame were measured.
  • The addition of toluene shifts the primary and aggregate size distribution to larger diameters.
  • A gasoline with a smoke point similar of 50%Toluene-50%Heptane forms soot with smaller primary and aggregate sizes.

abstractThe sooting characteristics of binary mixtures of n-heptane and toluene and a commercial gasoline were studied. The experiment involves the non-premixed combustion of the fuel in wick-fed burner. The particle size distributions (PSDs) of soot were measured at the tip of flames of different heights, using a differential mobility spectrometer (DMS). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to investigate the morphology of the particles formed. Pure n-heptane and toluene were studied along with blends of 10%, 30%, and 50% by volume of toluene in n-heptane. The addition of toluene to heptane shifts the PSD to larger diameters. As toluene is added to n-heptane the dependence of soot particle size on flame height changes from resembling a paraffinic to resembling an aromatic fuel in a non-linear fashion. A tolerance to toluene addition at the lowest flow rates was found, where particles were not detected. A commercial gasoline with approximately 44% by mass of aromatics was also analysed. The smoke point and PSDs are similar to the mixture 50% toluene 50% n-heptane, but the mean aggregate mobility size, number of particles and primary particle size formed by the gasoline are smaller.

Keywords: fuel,

Associated Projects: Nanoparticles and Particle Processes

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