Date of Degree

2010

Document Type

Master's thesis

Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

L-D. Chen

Abstract

There are numerous numerical and experimental studies to find correlations of octane rating with fuel properties. This thesis was based on the hypothesis that quenching characteristics at ignition locations impact the flame development. Conversely, determination of quenching characteristics might serve as an effective measure to determine the fuel mixture octane number. This hypothesis was tested with premixed flame experiments using primary reference fuels (iso-octane and n-heptane) and commercial grade gasoline. Premixed flame experiments were conducted on a flat flame burner. Primary reference fuels of different ratios were taken and correlated to their respective thermal quenching condition by introducing co-flowing inert gasses at room temperature with fuel-air mixture. The inert gasses that were used in the experiment are nitrogen and helium and the results are analyzed using a camera and an imaging spectrometer. The experimental results support the hypothesis that flame quenching can be correlated to fuel mixture octane number, and holds potential as an alternative method to determine the octane number.

Pages

vi, 80

Bibliography

79-80

Copyright

Copyright 2010 Ankush Bhasin