INTERFACE, PHASE CHANGE AND MOLECULAR TRANSPORT IN SUB, TRANS AND SUPERCRITICAL REGIMES FOR N-ALKANE/NITROGEN MIXTURES
Understanding the behavior of liquid hydrocarbon propellants under high pressure and temperature conditions is a crucial step towards improving the performance of modern-day combustion engines (liquid rocket engines, diesel engines, gas turbines and so on) and designing the next generation ones. Under such harsh thermodynamic conditions (high P&T) propellent droplets may experience anywhere from sub-to-trans-to-supercritical regime. The focus of this research is to explore the dynamics of the vapor-liquid two phase system formed by a liquid hydrocarbon fuel (n-heptane or n-dodecane) and ambient (nitrogen) over a wide range of P&T leading up to the mixture critical point and beyond. Molecular dynamics (MD) has been used as the primary tool in this research along with other tools like: phase stability calculations based on Gibb’s work, Peng Robinson equation of state, density gradient theory and neural networks.
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Aeronautics and Astronautics
- West Lafayette