The Low Temperature Oxidation Chemistry of JP-8 and its Surrogates at High Pressure
Final progress rept. 1 Jun 2003-31 Jul 2006
DREXEL UNIV PHILADELPHIA PA DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS
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A research program to study the low temperature oxidation chemistry of JP-8 at high pressures has been conducted at Drexel University. The current program was initiated in June 2003 through a grant from the Army Research Office Grant No. DAAD19-03-1-0070, Project No. 44458-EG and was completed in July 2006. The objectives of this project were to determine the effects of fuel composition variations in JP-8 reactivity at low and intermediate temperatures 600 - 1000 K and elevated pressures 2 - 20 atm, to develop a chemical surrogate for JP-8, and to obtain kinetic information of the JP-8 surrogate components neat and in blends. Fuels were oxidized in a pressurized flow reactor, with complimentary experiments conducted in a single cylinder research engine. Detailed kinetic information was obtained utilizing gas chromatography with flame ionization detection and coupling to a mass spectrometer. In addition, hydrocarbons similar to the JP-8 surrogate components but of lighter molecular weight were studied in detail to ascertain the fundamental branching pathways of hydrocarbons at low temperatures several other potential surrogate components and blends, including for Fischer-Tropsch JP-8, were also examined.
- Fluid Mechanics
- Combustion and Ignition