Experimental characterization of 1-butanol electrospray combustion

Michael Pennisi, Dimitrios C. Kyritsis

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An experimental investigation is presented on the combustion of bio-butanol electrosprays. Highresolution images were used to establish spray flame phenomenology and features such as shape, size, and stability of the spray flame. Phase Doppler Anemometry droplet size measurements were performed in both reacting and non-reacting electrosprays at several voltage and flow rate conditions. Analysis of the droplet sizing information revealed a bi-modal droplet size distribution. Evaporation time estimates were used to rationalize the results. Large droplets could pass through the flame without completely evaporating. Electrosprays of n-butanol were demonstrated to sustain flames stabilized with the assistance of electrostatics. Furthermore, these electrospray flames had characteristics substantially different from the spray flames of non-charged fuels.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publication8th US National Combustion Meeting 2013
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781627488426
StatePublished - 2013
Event8th US National Combustion Meeting 2013 - Park City, United States
Duration: 19 May 201322 May 2013

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Name8th US National Combustion Meeting 2013


Conference8th US National Combustion Meeting 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPark City


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