Atomization characteristics of multi-component bio-fuel systems under micro-explosion conditions

Chia Fon F. Lee, Kuo Ting Wang, Way Lee Cheng

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A numerical study of micro-explosion in multi-component droplets is presented. The homogeneous nucleation theory is used in describing the bubble generation process. A modified Rayleigh equation is then used to calculate the bubble growth rate. The breakup criterion is then determined by applying a linear stability analysis on the bubble-droplet system. After the explosion/breakup, the atomization characteristics, including Sauter mean radius and averaged velocity of the secondary droplets, are calculated from conservation equations. Micro-explosion can be enhanced by introducing biodiesel into the fuel blends of ethanol and tetradecane. Micro-explosion is more likely to occur at high ambient pressure. However, increasing the ambient temperature does not have a significant effect on micro-explosion. There exists an optimal composition in the liquid mixture for micro-explosion. It is shown in the simulation results for small droplets, the secondary atomization of bio-fuel and diesel blends can be achieved by micro-explosion under typical diesel engine operation conditions. Micro-explosion also disperses the secondary droplets into a larger volume, resulting in better mixing of fuel and air, which in turns improves engine performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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