Numerical simulation of supercritical octane flows in a heated circular tube with simple thermal cracking model

Takashi Furusawa, Noriyuki Taki, Shuto Yatsuyanagi, Satoru Yamamoto, Takuto Miyaura, Sadatake Tomioka

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Abstract

Supercritical octane flows that undergo thermal cracking in a heated circular tube were numerically investigated using our numerical methods based on the preconditioning method solving the compressible Navier–Stokes equations with the thermophyical properties from the Reference Fluid Thermodynamic and Transport Properties Database (REFPROP). The simple thermal-cracking model for octane was developed from the results calculated by KUCRS and Cantera software, assuming mild cracking condition and single-fluid flow. Supercritical octane flows were simulated under wall temperatures that would and would not encourage thermal cracking. Slight temperature differences affected the velocity distribution in the heated pipe because of the change in density. In low-wall-temperature conditions without thermal cracking, the simulated outlet temperatures were in good agreement with experimental results. Octane near the heated wall was decomposed by thermal cracking in the high wall temperature conditions. The wall temperature and the residual time affected the conversion rate of the thermal-cracking conversion rate. The present numerical methods underestimated the experimentally measured conversion rate, though the rough trends of the conversion rates were captured.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Fluid Dynamics
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791859032
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1
EventASME-JSME-KSME 2019 8th Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, AJKFluids 2019 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 2019 Jul 282019 Aug 1

Publication series

NameASME-JSME-KSME 2019 8th Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, AJKFluids 2019
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceASME-JSME-KSME 2019 8th Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, AJKFluids 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period19/7/2819/8/1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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