COLLISIONAL EXCITATION OF AUTOMOTIVE FUEL COMPONENTS (ETHANOL AND ISOOCTANE)
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Publisher:Ohio State University
It is possible to excite fuel components indirectly via a 10.6 um CO2 laser. A 9% solution of isopropanol in ethanol was used, as it has a strong absorption cross section at 10.6 um. CO2 laser excitation of pure ethanol caused little or no change in absorption in the C-H stretch region. However, the ethanol/isopropanol mixture did show a response proportional to laser excitation. Further studies indicate that excitation of isooctane/isopropanol mixture is also possible via collisional energy transfer between the laser excited isopropanol and isooctane.
Author Institution: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47803; Department of Chemistry, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47803