Vaporization and pyrolysis modelling of a single droplet of heavy fuel oil using continuous thermodynamics

Vikrambhai Garaniya, Laurie Goldsworthy


This article presents modelling of vaporization and pyrolysis of a single droplet of heavy fuel oil in a high ambient temperature field using the principle of continuous thermodynamics. Continuous thermodynamics reduces the computational simulation load compared with discrete thermodynamics, without compromising the quality of prediction of the complex combustion behaviours of such multicomponent complex fuels. Heavy fuel oil is represented by four fuel fractions and each of these fractions are assigned a separate distribution function. The prediction shows that in the modelling of heavy fuel oil, both heating rate and composition are very important parameters in coke formation. Coke formation can lead to engine degradation and increased exhaust smoke. The developed model shows good agreement with experimental results obtained by other researchers.

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