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International Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 970247, 8 pages
Research Article

Reduced Chemical Kinetic Model for Titan Entries

1Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Interdisciplinary Aerodynamics Group, Station 9, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
2Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Lilienthalplatz 7, 38108 Braunschweig, Germany

Received 4 May 2011; Accepted 9 August 2011

Academic Editor: Jerzy Bałdyga

Copyright © 2011 Romain Savajano et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A reduced chemical kinetic model for Titan's atmosphere has been developed. This new model with 18 species and 28 reactions includes the mainfeatures of a more complete scheme, respecting the radiative fluxes. It has been verified against three key elements: a sensitivity analysis, the equilibrium chemical composition using shock tube simulations in CHEMKIN, and the results of computational fluid dynamics (CFDs) simulations.