Development of Surrogate for Fischer-Tropsch Biofuel and Reduced Mechanism for Combustion in Diesel Engine
Development of numerical tools for quantitatively assessing biofuel combustion in Internal Combustion Engines and facilitating the identification of optimum operating parameters and emission strategy are challenges of engine combustion research. Biofuels obtained through e.g. a Fischer-Tropsch process (FT) are complex mixtures of wide ranges of high molecular weight hydrocarbons in the diesel and naphtha boiling range dominated by C10-C18 hydrocarbons in n-alkane, iso-alkane, alkenes, aromatic and oxygenate classes. In this paper modeling of combustion in a rapid compression machine has been performed using model compounds from a given FT biofuel distribution as surrogate fuels. Furthermore, the detailed mechanism has been reduced by applying an automatic necessity analysis removing redundant species from the detailed model.