A chemical kinetic mechanism for combustion and flame propagation of CH2F2/O2/N2 mixtures

Donald R. Burgess Jr., Valeri I. Babushok, Jeffrey A. Manion
Int. J. Chem. Kinet. 61 (2021)
Science Published: (Dec/2021)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/kin.21549

In this work, we compiled and evaluated rate expressions for reactions relevant to the decomposition and combustion of CH2F2 (difluoromethane, refrigerant R-32) in CH2F2/O2/N2 flames. The recommended values have been used in premixed flame calculations, reported elsewhere, to model experimentally derived burning velocities determined using a constant volume spherical flame method. In this work, we also provide a detailed description of the reaction pathways for decomposition and combustion of CH2F2. This work is part of a larger effort at NIST to characterize and predict the flammability of new refrigerant working fluids and their blends for consideration as replacements of current refrigerants with high global warming potentials.