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How does biodiesel fuel burn? Revealing the chemical processes of methyl ester decompositon and oxidation

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • This study is directed at the chemistry of the gas/liquid phase interface of rapidly heated biodiesel (methyl ester) droplets to reveal the underlying chemistry of biodiesel-droplet combustion. Laser techniques, optical imaging and mass spectrometry will be deployed in combination to study both the macroscopic and molecular processes of the burning process, the chemical pathways and the reaction products. Concurrent synchrotron studies will probe methyl ester oxidation to quantitatively reveal the reaction products. Altogether, these insights will validate theoretical modelling of biodiesel combustion systems and find practical application by guiding engine design.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1094135

Local Award Id


  • 11058

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • This study is directed at the chemistry of the gas/liquid phase interface of rapidly heated biodiesel (methyl ester) droplets to reveal the underlying chemistry of biodiesel-droplet combustion. Laser techniques, optical imaging and mass spectrometry will be deployed in combination to study both the macroscopic and molecular processes of the burning process, the chemical pathways and the reaction products. Concurrent synchrotron studies will probe methyl ester oxidation to quantitatively reveal the reaction products. Altogether, these insights will validate theoretical modelling of biodiesel combustion systems and find practical application by guiding engine design.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1094135

Local Award Id


  • 11058