Schuh, S., Ramalingam, A., Minwegen, H., Heufer, K. A., & Winter, F. (2019). Experimental Investigation and Benchmark Study of Oxidation of Methane–Propane–n-Heptane Mixtures at Pressures up to 100 bar. Energies, 12(18), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.3390/en12183410
Dual fuel combustion exhibits a high degree of complexity due to the presence of different fuels like diesel and natural gas in initially different physical states and a spatially strongly varying mixing ratio. Optimizing this combustion process on an engine test bench is costly and time consuming. Cost reduction can be achieved by utilizing simulation tools. Although these tools cannot replace the application of test benches completely, the total development costs can be reduced by an educated combination of simulations and experiments. A suitable model for describing the reactions taking place in the combustion chamber is required to correctly reproduce the dual fuel combustion process. This is why in the presented study, four different reaction mechanisms are benchmarked to shock tube (ST) and rapid compression machine (RCM) measurements of ignition delay times (IDTs) at pressures between 60 and 100 bar and temperatures between 671 and 1284 K. To accommodate dual fuel relevant diesel-natural gas mixtures, methane–propane–n-heptane mixtures are considered as the surrogate. Additionally, the mechanisms AramcoMech 1.3, 2.0 and 3.0 are tested for methane–propane mixtures. The influence of pressure and propane/n-heptane content on the IDT based on the measurements is presented and the extent to which the mechanisms can reflect the IDT-changes discussed.