Technical Report 87, c4e-Preprint Series, Cambridge

Developing the PAH-PP soot particle model using process informatics and uncertainty propagation

Reference: Technical Report 87, c4e-Preprint Series, Cambridge, 2010

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In this work we present the new PAH-PP soot model and use a data collaboration approach to determine some of its parameters. The model describes the formation, growth and oxidation of soot in laminar premixed flames. Soot particles are modelled as aggregates containing primary particles, which are built from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) molecules, the main building blocks of a primary. The connectivity of the primary particles is stored and used to determine the rounding of the soot particles due to surface growth and condensation processes. Two neighbouring primary particles are replaced by one if the coalescence level between the two primary particles reaches a threshold. The model contains, like most of the other models, free parameters that are unknown a priori. The experimental premixed flame data from Zhao et al. [B. Zhao, Z. Yang, Z. Li, M. V. Johnston, and H. Wang. Proc. Combust. Inst., 30(2):1441–-1448, 2004] have been used to estimate the smoothing factor of soot particles, the growth factor of PAHs within particles and the soot density using a low discrepancy series method with a subsequent response surface optimisation. The optimised particle size distributions show good agreement with the experimental ones. The importance of a standardised data mining system in order to optimise models is underlined.

Material from this preprint has been published in Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.


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