A new high-pressure aerosol shock tube for the study of liquid fuels with low vapor pressures. Academic Article uri icon


  • A new shock-tube facility for studying gas-phase and condensed-phase mixtures has been developed for the investigation of various hydrocarbon species at the Qatar campus of Texas A&M University. At present, the facility is intended for studying combustion behaviors of long-chain hydrocarbon molecules and mixtures thereof under realistic engine conditions. Equipped with an aerosol generation and entrainment apparatus, the facility also possesses an enlarged driver section and double-diaphragm interface between the driver and driven sections. The driver section diameter is 19.37 cm with a configurable length of 1 m-6 m. Additionally, the stainless-steel driven section has an inner surface with a mirror finish and internal diameter of 15.24 cm. The driven section is also configurable in length up to approximately 5.2 m. As with most modern shock tubes, this shock tube is equipped for use with current methods of shock velocity detection, optical diagnostics, and other diagnostic techniques. In addition to the study of aerosolized liquids (fuels and non-fuels) related to combustion chemistry, reaction kinetics, evaporation studies, and particle-fluid interactions, among others, the facility is capable of investigating traditional gas-phase mixtures like those previously undertaken in a similar facility in the Petersen Group Laboratory at Texas A&M University. The operating limits of the title facility include temperatures and pressures up to 4000 K and 100 atm, respectively. The design and characterization of a novel aerosol introduction method is also presented, which yielded measured aerosol loading uniformities of 92%-97%. Finally, ignition delay time measurements of stoichiometric mixtures of decane in air are presented, which show excellent agreement with those recently recorded in heated shock tubes.

published proceedings

  • Rev Sci Instrum

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Hargis, J. W., Guo, B., & Petersen, E. L.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Hargis, Joshua W||Guo, Bing||Petersen, Eric L

publication date

  • December 2020