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dc.contributor.advisorEllzey, Janet L.
dc.creatorHull, Charles Bradley
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-29T18:32:43Z
dc.date.available2017-03-29T18:32:43Z
dc.date.issued2007-08
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T21N7XS5G
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/46270
dc.description.abstractThe conversion of liquid hydrocarbon fuels, specifically liquid heptane, to a syngas mixture containing hydrogen by means of superadiabatic combustion within a porous inert media is studied computationally over a wide range of rich equivalence ratios, inlet velocities, and in different types of porous material. Parameters of interest include the composition of the exhaust gases and particularly the amount of hydrogen present in the exhaust, conversion efficiency, energy efficiency, reaction front propagation speeds, firing rates, and overall hydrogen production rates. Both a packed bed of 3 mm diameter Al-oxide pellets and a 3.9 pores-per-centimeter reticulated ceramic are studied in depth and compared as the burner material. The computational model used is a one-dimensional, transient code that models the combustion processes as well as the heat transfer processes that occur as the reaction front moves through the porous material. Several different n-heptane chemical kinetics mechanisms are studied and a process is developed that utilizes both the flexibility of a reduced mechanism and the more accurate predictions of a more detailed mechanism. Computational predictions are compared to preliminary experimental data, as well as similar studies performed previously with other fuels types.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.subjectLiquid hydrocarbon fuelsen_US
dc.subjectLiquid heptaneen_US
dc.subjectSyngas mixtureen_US
dc.subjectSuperadiabatic combustionen_US
dc.titleNumerical simulation of conversion of n-heptane to hydrogen in an inert, porous mediumen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
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