2017

Ignition characteristics of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran: An experimental and kinetic study

Ignition characteristics of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran: An experimental and kinetic study


R. Tripathi, C. Lee, R. X. Fernandes, H. Olivier, H. J. Curran, S. M. Sarathy,

Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 36 (1),587-595, (2017)​​

R. Tripathi, C. Lee, R. X. Fernandes, H. Olivier, H. J. Curran, S. M. Sarathy,
2-methyltetrahydrofuran; Ignition delay; Kinetic model; Shock tube; Rapid compression machine
2017



The present paper elucidates oxidation behavior of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF), a novel second-generation biofuel. New experimental data sets for 2-MTHF including ignition delay time measurements in two different combustion reactors, i.e. rapid compression machine and high-pressure shock tube, are presented. Measurements for 2-MTHF/oxidizer/diluent mixtures were performed in the temperature range of 639−1413639−1413 K, at pressures of 10, 20, and 40 bar, and at three different equivalence ratios of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0. A detailed chemical kinetic model describing both low-and high-temperature chemistry of 2-MTHF was developed and validated against new ignition delay measurements and already existing flame species profiles and ignition delay measurements. The mechanism provides satisfactory agreement with the experimental data. For identifying key reactions at various combustion conditions and to attain a better understanding of the combustion behavior, reaction path and sensitivity analyses were performed.