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A comparative experimental kinetic study of spontaneous and plasma-assisted cool flames in a rapid compression machine

Abstract : Plasma-assisted cool flames of n- heptane were generated in the combustion chamber of a rapid compression machine coupled with a nanosecond dielectric barrier discharge, at a pressure of 1.5 bar and temperature T = 650 K. Increasing of the voltage pulse amplitude at the electrode resulted in a transition from no reactivity to induced cool flame and then to fast ignition. Sampling of the reacting mixture was performed at selected times during the experiments to draw mole fraction profiles of the fuel and major low temperature stable intermediates, showing a gradual increase in the mole fraction of these species after the discharge. Comparison with a spontaneous cool flame case at a slightly higher pressure shows that no new species are formed in the plasma-assisted case, and that after the initiation of reactivity by the discharge at the nanosecond timescale, the distribution and relative importance of the main reaction pathways is conserved at the millisecond timescale. Differences in the shape of the mole fraction and light emission profiles however suggest that the plasma-assisted cool flame is propagative.
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G. Vanhove, M.-A. Boumehdi, S.A. Shcherbanev, Y. Fenard, P. Desgroux, et al.. A comparative experimental kinetic study of spontaneous and plasma-assisted cool flames in a rapid compression machine. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Elsevier, 2016, ⟨10.1016/j.proci.2016.09.007⟩. ⟨hal-01549350⟩

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