Auto-selection of quasi-components/components in the multi-dimensional quasi-discrete model

Mansour Al Qubeissi, Nawar Hasan Imran Al-Esawi, Sergei S. Sazhin

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A new algorithm for the auto-selection of quasi-components and components (QC/Cs) in the ‘multi-dimensional quasi-discrete’ model is suggested. This algorithm is applied to the analysis of heating and evaporation of multi-component fuel droplets. It allows one to automatically select QC/Cs and update the initial selection during droplet evaporation. The new algorithm is expected to be applicable to the analysis of a wide range of fuels and fuel blends. It can be directly implemented into CFD codes with minimal intervention by end-user. Using this algorithm, the effects of transient diffusion of species on droplet lifetimes are investigated for mixtures of Diesel and E85 (85% vol. ethanol and 15% vol. gasoline) fuels. It is shown that the new algorithm can reduce the analysis of the E85-Diesel fuel droplets, taking into account the contributions of up to119 components at the initial stage of heating and evaporation, to that based on 5 QC/Cs, near the end of droplet evaporation, with up to 1.9% errors in predicted droplet temperatures and radii. The CPU time needed to perform calculations using the new algorithm is shown to be 80% less than that when considering the full composition of fuel.
Original languageEnglish
Article number120245
Number of pages11
Early online date19 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021

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Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University, UK (Project Ref. ECR019) (M.A., N.A.) and EPSRC, UK (Grant no. EP/M002608/1) (S.S.S.)


  • modelling
  • Modelling and analysis
  • CFD
  • Combustion
  • Analytical approach
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Fuel
  • Droplet
  • Droplet combustion
  • Numerical analysis
  • Multi-component fuel
  • Fuel blends
  • Alternative fuels
  • Biofuel
  • Auto-selection algorithm
  • Multi-component fuels
  • Quasi-components
  • Evaporation
  • Heating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Energy(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


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