Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Soot Particle Formation in the Combustion Process
Committee membersRoberts, William L.
KAUST DepartmentPhysical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
Embargo End Date2022-12-05
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AbstractThe threat to the environment and human health posed by the emission of soot particles and their precursors during the combustion process has attracted widespread attention for some time. Generation of soot particles includes the precursor’s formation, particle nucleation, and the growth and oxidation of soot particles; these processes are experimentally and numerically studied in this dissertation. Fuel composition is one of the most important parameters in the study of the combustion emissions. In the first portion of this research, quantified soot precursors were detected in a jet stirred reactor and a flow reactor of several gasoline surrogates, which covered various fuel compositions and different MON numbers. A kinetic model was made to capture the polycyclic aromatic formations and help to clarify the chemistry behind them. Major reaction pathways were discussed, as well as the role of important intermediate species, such as acetylene, and resonantly stabilized radicals like allyl, propargyl, cyclopentadienyl, and benzyl in the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In the second section, a Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry was first used to probe the chemical constituents of soot particles. By examining the soot particle generated in the early stage of nucleation, some information about the nucleation process was gained. The aromatics in the infant soot particles were all peri-condensed, of a size and shape easily linked by Van der Waals forces to form aromatic dimers and bigger clusters under the specified flame conditions. Compositions in the mature soot particles indicated that soot particles grow through the carbonization process. As a hydrogen carrier, ammonia was considered a good additive for controlling soot formation. In the third portion of this work, chemical effects of ammonia on soot formation were studied. Ammonia can suppress soot formation by reducing the precursor’s formation. Chemical kinetic analysis revealed that C-N species generated in ethylene-ammonia flames removed carbon from participating in soot precursor formation, thereby reducing soot formation, however, high concentrations of toxic hydrogen cyanide may be formed, which warrants further investigation.
CitationShao, C. (2021). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Soot Particle Formation in the Combustion Process. KAUST Research Repository. https://doi.org/10.25781/KAUST-I9R01