Measurements and modeling study on a high-aromatic diesel fuel

B. C. Windom, M. L. Huber, T. J. Bruno, A. L. Lown, C. T. Lira

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The increasing cost of diesel fuel, potential for supply disruptions, and environmental concerns have resulted in a great deal of research to improve the performance and efficiency of diesel engines. This includes significant efforts in the reformulation of conventional diesel fuels and the development of renewable diesel fuels. An integral part of work on diesel fuels has been the measurement and modeling of the thermophysical properties of the fuels; this knowledge is critical to effective design and application. In this paper, we present the development of a model for thermodynamic and transport properties for a conventional diesel fuel based on our measurements of chemical composition, density, viscosity, and volatility. This information, along with the cetane number and heat of combustion, was used to develop surrogate mixture models. The models contain constituent fluids representative of those found in the fuel and were designed to represent thermophysical properties (density, viscosity, and volatility) and also the heat of combustion and cetane number. Comparisons (calculated with the surrogate models) to limited density and viscosity experimental data are within 0.6 and 2%, respectively. The model represents the cetane number of the fuel to within 2 cetane numbers and the heat of combustion to within 5%. The volatility behavior, indicated by the temperatures obtained from the advanced distillation curve method, is reproduced to within 0.5%.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages1787-1797
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy and Fuels
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2012

Profile

Diesel fuels
Antiknock rating
Thermodynamic properties
Viscosity
Distillation
Transport properties
Diesel engines
Fluids
Chemical analysis
Hot Temperature
Costs
Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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Windom, B. C., Huber, M. L., Bruno, T. J., Lown, A. L., & Lira, C. T. (2012). Measurements and modeling study on a high-aromatic diesel fuel. Energy and Fuels, 26(3), 1787-1797. DOI: 10.1021/ef201861b

Measurements and modeling study on a high-aromatic diesel fuel. / Windom, B. C.; Huber, M. L.; Bruno, T. J.; Lown, A. L.; Lira, C. T.

In: Energy and Fuels, Vol. 26, No. 3, 14.03.2012, p. 1787-1797.

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Windom, BC, Huber, ML, Bruno, TJ, Lown, AL & Lira, CT 2012, 'Measurements and modeling study on a high-aromatic diesel fuel' Energy and Fuels, vol 26, no. 3, pp. 1787-1797. DOI: 10.1021/ef201861b
Windom BC, Huber ML, Bruno TJ, Lown AL, Lira CT. Measurements and modeling study on a high-aromatic diesel fuel. Energy and Fuels. 2012 Mar 14;26(3):1787-1797. Available from, DOI: 10.1021/ef201861b
Windom, B. C. ; Huber, M. L. ; Bruno, T. J. ; Lown, A. L. ; Lira, C. T./ Measurements and modeling study on a high-aromatic diesel fuel. In: Energy and Fuels. 2012 ; Vol. 26, No. 3. pp. 1787-1797
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