When the fast dissipative time scales become exhausted, the evolution of reacting processes is characterized by slower time scales. Here the case where these slower time scales are of explosive character is considered. This feature allows for the acquisition of significant physical understanding; among others, the identification of intermediates in the reacting process that can be used as additives for the control of the ignition delay. The case of the homogeneous autoignition of CH4/air mixtures is analyzed here and the effects of adding the stable intermediates CH2O and H2O2 to the fuel. These two species are identified as those relating the most to the explosive mode that causes autoignition, throughout the largest part of the ignition delay. Small quantities of these species in the initial mixture decrease considerably the ignition delay, by expediting the development of the thermal runaway.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Combustion and Flame|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2016|
- Explosive time scales
- Methane/air autoignition
- Model reduction