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Chemical Engineering

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Master of Science (M.S.)

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Hydrocarbon Combustion, MBMS, Laminar Flat Flame, Cyclohexane, Toluene


Laminar flat flame combustion has been studied with molecular-beam mass-spectrometry (MBMS) for a fuel-rich cyclohexane (Ф = 2.003) flame, a fuel-lean toluene (Ф = 0.895), and a fuel-rich toluene (Ф = 1.497) flame. Different hydrocarbon species in these flames were identified, and their mole fraction profiles were measured. The information can be used to propose reaction mechanisms for the different hydrocarbon flames.

One MBMS apparatus located at Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was used to identify and measure the mole-fraction profiles of different species in these flames. The MBMS apparatus located at University of Massachusetts Amherst was used to measure the temperature profile of the cyclohexane flame. The temperature profile of two different fuel-rich toluene flames (Ф= 2.02 , Ф = 3.94) and a fuel-lean (Ф=0.452) methane flame were also measured with the UMass apparatus.


First Advisor

Phillip R Westmoreland