Simplified models for predicting the rate of production of NOx in lean-premixed combustion are presented. These models are based on chemical reactor modeling, and are influenced strongly by the nitrous oxide mechanism, which is an important source of NOx in lean-premixed combustion. They include 1) the minimum set of reactions required for predicting the NOx production, and 2) empirical correlations of the NOx production rate as a function of the CO concentration. The later have been developed for use in an NOx post-processor for CFD codes. Also presented are recent laboratory data, which support the chemical rates used in this study.

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