Effect of char on the combustion process of multicomponent bio-fuel

Amir Houshang Mahmoudi* (Corresponding Author), A.K. Pozarlik, E. van der Weide, S.R.A. Kersten, S. Luding, G. Brem

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Combustion of pyrolysis oil has attracted many attention in recent years as a renewable and environmental friendly fuel. However, pyrolysis oil as an multi-component fuel has some differences compared to conventional fossil fuels. One of the main differences is the formation of solid char in the droplet during evaporation. The goal of this work is to study the effect of the solid char on the combustion characteristics of multi-component fuel. An Euler-Lagrange model of three phase gas/liquid/solid combustion is developed to study the detailed information about every phenomena in the process such as: heat, mass and momentum transfer between droplet and gas phase, droplet evaporation, homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions. The results indicate that the presence of the solid char and consequently its combustion elongates significantly the combustion region in a typical spray injection chamber/burner. Moreover, the gas phase reaches higher temperatures as a result of char combustion that creates more heat by heterogeneous oxidation as a kind of afterburner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-295
Number of pages10
JournalChemical engineering science
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2018


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Euler-Lagrange models
  • Multi-component fuel
  • Multiphysics numerical modeling
  • Spray combustion
  • Char formation


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