Entropy generation and exergy assessment of methane-nitrous oxide diffusion flames in a triple-port

2023 - 02

Journal: International Journal of Energy Research,  vol. 2023, pp. 5364917, 2023.

Title: Entropy generation and exergy assessment of methane-nitrous oxide diffusion flames in a triple-port

Authors:  Dean Chou, Wen-Yuan Tsai, Mohsen Davazdah Emami, Yueh-Heng Li* 

Rank: 2.9% (1/34), SCI, NUCLEAR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 2021.

Abstract:  A triple-port burner was used in this study, and a numerical simulation was employed to investigate the entropy generation rate of CH4–N2O diffusion flames at the ratio = 1. Here,   ratio refers to the ratio of the oxidizer flow velocity to the fuel flow velocity. In order to scrutinize the decomposition effect of N2O on entropy generation, an oxygen-enriched gas with the same nitrogen-to-oxygen ratio as N2O was used in CH4–N2–O2 diffusion flames. Besides, because the N2O could decompose into the oxygen-enriched gas, the oxygen-enriched effect was also studied by the CH4–air diffusion flames that were conducted in this research. The entropy generation rate comprises of three items in this study, including heat conduction, mass diffusion, and chemical reaction. As a result, the different reaction pathways would take part in the major reaction pathway in CH4–N2O diffusion flames, causing more entropy generation rate being produced through the more intense reactions in CH4–N2O diffusion flames. The irreversibility in CH4–air diffusion flames are dominated through heat conduction and chemical reaction, which is an identical result in CH4–N2–O2 diffusion flames. However, in CH4–N2O diffusion flames, chemical reactions dominated the irreversibility because of the more intense reaction caused by the thermal effect of N2O decomposition. As a result, the decomposition effect of N2O influences the availability of CH4–N2O diffusion flames.


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