Shock-Wave Induced Ignition of Normal Undecane (n-C11H24) and Comparison to Other High-Molecular-Weight n-Alkanes

  • Brandon Rotavera
  • Eric L. Petersen


Modeling of chemical kinetics during the ignition of normal alkanes is of importance in the detailing of combustion behavior of transportation fuels used in automotive and propulsion engines due to the large volumetric proportion of these species as constituents in the fuels which drive such devices. Further, owing to the presence of n-alkanes in practical fuels, proper formulation of a multi-component fuel surrogate must make use of and account for this hydrocarbon class to adequately describe relevant combustion phenomena including, among others, engine knock, ignition delay times, and product species. Shock-tube oxidation and ignition measurements involving higher-order alkanes have more recently become available which has, as a result, led to the improvement and development of chemical kinetics mechanisms toward describing associated processes which affect oxidation chemistry: reaction pathways, intermediate species production, and rates of reaction.


Shock Tube Ignition Delay Time Propulsion Engine Ignition Behavior Hydrocarbon Class 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brandon Rotavera
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  • Eric L. Petersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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