Ignition and kinetic modeling of methane and ethane fuel blends with oxygen: A design of experiments approach Academic Article uri icon


  • A series of shock-tube experiments and chemical kinetics modeling calculations were performed to investigate the ignition behavior of methane and ethane with oxygen in regions which are not presently well understood and in a much more comprehensive manner than what has been done previously. Test conditions were determined using a statistical Design of Experiments approach which allows the experimenter to probe a wide range of variable factors with a comparatively low number of experimental trials. A matrix of 22 mixtures was developed using this statistical approach for binary fuel blends of 100% methane to 100% ethane; pressure ranges of 1, 11-16, and 25-31atm; equivalence ratios of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0; over a temperature range of 1154-2248K, and argon dilutions of 98%, 95%, 85%, and 75%. Details on the relatively new high-pressure shock-tube facility are also provided. The experimental results were used to validate a detailed chemical kinetics model. The model considers hydrocarbons C1-C4 and has been developed in a hierarchical manner grounded with fundamental kinetics and experimentally validated by data from shock tubes and rapid compression machines, flow and jet-stirred reactors, and flame speed measurements. The important reactions are highlighted and the pertinent rate constants are described. © 2013 The Combustion Institute..

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author list (cited authors)

  • Aul, C. J., Metcalfe, W. K., Burke, S. M., Curran, H. J., & Petersen, E. L.

citation count

  • 83

publication date

  • July 2013