This article describes the photo-induced ignition process of multi-walled carbon nano-tubes (MWCNTs)/ferrocene mixtures by pulsed Xe lamps using programmable driving boards with adjustable parameters, such as variable flash rate and pulse’s energy/intensity. Varying the energy of incident light pulse, minimum ignition energy values were found as a function ofmixture weight ratio, observing that a higherMWCNT amount with respect to metal nano-particles leads to lower ignition energy. The photo-induced ignition of CNTsmixed with nano-particles was then used iin a properly realized experimental setup for triggering the combustion of CNT-enriched fuel mixtures. Different types of gaseous fuels mixed with air (CH4, liquid propane, and H2) were tested. The combustion process triggered by MWCNTs/ferrocene photo-ignition shows better performances, for all used gaseous fuels and for all tested air/fuel ratios, compared with those obtained by using a traditional spark plug. In particular, CNT-based photo-induced combustion evolves more rapidly with shorter ignition delays, higher peak pressure values, and a higher fuel burning rate as observed by reported experimental tests.

Photo-Induced Ignition of different Gaseous Fuels using Carbon Nanotubes mixed with metal nanoparticles as Ignitor Agents

CARLUCCI, Antonio Paolo;VISCONTI, Paolo;PRIMICERI, PATRIZIO;STRAFELLA, Luciano;FICARELLA, Antonio;LAFORGIA, Domenico
2017

Abstract

This article describes the photo-induced ignition process of multi-walled carbon nano-tubes (MWCNTs)/ferrocene mixtures by pulsed Xe lamps using programmable driving boards with adjustable parameters, such as variable flash rate and pulse’s energy/intensity. Varying the energy of incident light pulse, minimum ignition energy values were found as a function ofmixture weight ratio, observing that a higherMWCNT amount with respect to metal nano-particles leads to lower ignition energy. The photo-induced ignition of CNTsmixed with nano-particles was then used iin a properly realized experimental setup for triggering the combustion of CNT-enriched fuel mixtures. Different types of gaseous fuels mixed with air (CH4, liquid propane, and H2) were tested. The combustion process triggered by MWCNTs/ferrocene photo-ignition shows better performances, for all used gaseous fuels and for all tested air/fuel ratios, compared with those obtained by using a traditional spark plug. In particular, CNT-based photo-induced combustion evolves more rapidly with shorter ignition delays, higher peak pressure values, and a higher fuel burning rate as observed by reported experimental tests.
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