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Modeling of multicomponent homogeneous nucleation using continuous thermodynamics

Harstad, Kenneth and Bellan, Josette (2004) Modeling of multicomponent homogeneous nucleation using continuous thermodynamics. Combustion and Flame, 139 (3). pp. 252-262. ISSN 0010-2180. doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2004.08.012.

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A theory of homogeneous nucleation in a multicomponent vapor is developed by combining classic nucleation and continuous thermodynamics concepts. The perfect gas equation of state is used in conjunction with this theory to obtain a model valid at low vapor pressures. The theory is applied to kerosenes used for fuels in aeronautics (Jet A, JP-7, and RP-1) at temperatures from 220 to 360 K and at vapor pressures up to 1 bar. The results show that although the overall nucleation trends regarding the dependency on vapor pressure and temperature are similar for all kerosenes, Jet A has a distinct behavior compared with JP-7 and RP-1. For all kerosenes, as pressure increases, the nucleus size rapidly decreases and is smallest at low temperatures.

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Additional Information:© 2004 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. Received 23 January 2004, Revised 13 August 2004, Accepted 27 August 2004, Available online 14 October 2004. This study was conducted at the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), through the Universal Technology Corporation, with Mr. Douglas Davis of WPAFB as Program Manager.
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Subject Keywords:Homogeneous multicomponent nucleation
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Official Citation:Kenneth Harstad, Josette Bellan, Modeling of multicomponent homogeneous nucleation using continuous thermodynamics, In Combustion and Flame, Volume 139, Issue 3, 2004, Pages 252-262, ISSN 0010-2180, (
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