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Combustion has played a central role in the development of our civilization which it maintains today as its predominant source of energy. The aim of this book is to provide an understanding of both fundamental and applied aspects of low-temperature combustion chemistry and autoignition. The topic is rooted in classical observational science and has grown, through an increasing understanding of the linkage of the phenomenology to coupled chemical reactions, to quite profound advances in the chemical kinetics of both complex and elementary reactions. The driving force has been both the intrinsic interest of an old and intriguing phenomenon and the centrality of its applications to our economic prosperity. The volume provides a coherent view of the subject while, at the same time, each chapter is self-contained.

Readership

For researchers and professionals in industry, university and government institutions and advanced students.

Table of Contents

Chapter and main section headings: Introduction. Basic Chemistry of Combustion. Historical perspective. Characteristics of low-temperature combustion. Computer modelling and associated problems. Overview of alkane oxidation. Review of experimental methods for establishing mechanisms and determining rate constants. Primary initiation reactions. Propagation reaction X + RH → XH + R (2). Homolysis of alkyl radicals. The reaction of alkyl radicals with O2. Reactions of RO2 radicals. Reactions of QOOH and QOOHO2 radicals. Oxidation chemistry of CH3 radicals. Reactions of alkoxy radicals. Branching reactions. Oxidation of cyclic alkanes. Oxidation of alkenes. Atom and radical addition to alkenes. Oxidation of oxygenated compounds. Oxidation of aromatic compounds. Summarizing remarks. References. Elementary Reactions. Introduction. Reaction initiation. Abstraction reactions. Radical decomposition reactions. Radical recombination and association reactions. R +O2 &rlarr2; RO2. Peroxy radical isomerization. Theoretical and dynamical studies of the hydrogen/oxygen system. References. Kinetics Databases. Data for combustion modelling. Primary sources of kinetic data: the need for evaluation. Evaluation of kinetic data. Interpolation, extrapolation and estimation procedures. Data sources for modelling. References. Mathematical Tools for the Construction, Investigation and Reduction of Combustion Mechanisms. Introduction. Notation. The construction of combustion mechanisms. Numerical investigation of complex models. Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. Mechanism reduction without time-scale analysis. Formal lumping procedures. Reduction based on the investigation of time-scales. Approximate lumping in systems with time-scale separation. Fitted kinetic models. Conclusions and future directions. Global Behaviour in the Oxidation of Hydr

Details

No. of pages:
793
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1997
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Electronic ISBN:
9780080535654
Print ISBN:
9780444824851

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@from:M.J. Pilling, University of Leeds @qu:The aim of this book is to provide an understanding of both fundamental and applied aspects of low–temperature combustion chemistry and autoignition...The volume provides a coherent view of the subject while, at the same time, each chapter is self–contained. @source:Comprehensive Chemical Kinetics