During August through October, 1986, experiments were conducted with the aim of devel oping kinetic relationships for the thermal oxi dation of dilute n-Heptane vapors in air using a Lindberg tube furnace reactor. This project was designed to be the first step in the ultimate goal of research ing the effe cts upon the combustion of dilute organic vapors when certain chemicals are added to the combustion stream. These chemicals are postulated to form free radicals and thus enhance the oxidation of organ i cs . Comparison of the kinetics before and after the addition of t he free radical source will allow determination of whether or not the kinetics have been favorably affected. The kinetic data devel oped for the base case situation - the oxidation of n-Heptane - are presented in this report along with detailed descriptions of t he equipment and experimental methods employed and specific recommendations for the conduct of future work in thi s area.
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Cooper, C. David
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences
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Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering; Engineering -- Dissertations, Academic
Ramsey, Steven Hunter, "A study of the reaction kinetics for the thermal oxidation of dilute n-heptane vapors in a plug flow reactor" (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4328.