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chapter 5 turbulent diffusion flames - FedOA

chapter 5 turbulent diffusion flames - FedOA

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value remains unchanged along the flame axis and hence they might be emitted from the flame. The main results of this study of benzene combustion can be so resumed: • high molecular mass structures with typical sizes of 3-4 nm are formed in the main oxidation region of the flame. • the higher concentration of nanoparticles in the slightly-sooting flame and the radical-rich flame environment in which they are formed promote the dehydrogenation of nanoparticles increasing the level of their aromaticity. As a result, nanoparticles with typical sizes of about 5 nm, absorbing and fluorescing in the visible are formed in the slightly sooting flame. • visible absorbing nanoparticles reach a maximum concentration just before the appearance of mature soot particles and they can be considered responsible for soot formation. • inception of soot particles in benzene flames consists in the progressive aromatization of initially “transparent” structures, followed by coagulation of visible absorbing nanoparticles to form soot. This picture is different to that found in aliphatic fuel flames where the aromatization process which precedes coagulation has never been observed. 110

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