Effect on O-2 enrichment and CO2 dilution on rapeseed oil combustion in a stationary burner

Allouis C. G. , Chiariello F.

EXPERIMENTAL THERMAL AND FLUID SCIENCE, vol.73, pp.49-55, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 73
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2015.09.004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.49-55
  • Keywords: CO2 dilution, O-2 enrichment, Rapeseed oil, Particle emissions, Low NOx burner, EMISSIONS, COAL, AIR


Application of oxygen-enhanced and CO2 diluted combustion to existing fossil fuel/biofuel energy systems to facilitate CO2 capture presents several challenges. This paper investigates the combustion characteristics of rapeseed oil and its blends with diesel oil in swirling spray flames. It focuses on the stability of flames, NOx, CO and particle emissions. We observed that the oxygen enrichment produced an increase of NOx emission due to the higher furnace temperature, while CO emissions slightly increased. Moreover, it did not modify the modes of the particle size distribution functions, but it tended to reduce the total amount of particle emissions by one order of magnitude. On another hand, CO2 dilution decreased the NOx emission (up to 20 times) due to the lower furnace temperature at fixed oxygen concentration. Although the dilution of combustion does not produce significant effect on the shape of the size distribution functions, this modifies significantly the absolute concentrations of the emitted particles. Finally, the produced oxygen-enhanced/diluted flames were stable and more luminous than the air/fuel flames. The increase of O-2 concentration caused that the flames were longer by about 20% compared with base line flame. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.