Methane, which has properties intermediate between hydrogen and kerosene, is a fuel of several developed and designed rocket engines. Detailed kinetic mechanisms of methane oxidation consist of around 200 or more reactions and about 40-50 species. At the current moment CFD simulations with the use of detailed methane mechanisms can be performed only on supercomputers. However, detailed kinetic mechanisms can be reduced, taking the specifics of rocket combustion chambers. The aim of the present project is to develop a reduced kinetic mechanism of methane oxidation suitable for CFD simulations for rocket applications.
The goal of this graduate work is a skeletal kinetic mechanism of methane oxidation which is optimized for rocket application. To perform the work the following tasks should be fulfilled:
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