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Lean Premixed Turbulent Flame Front Structure and Implications for Modeling

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Frank T. C. Yuen

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Ömer L. Gülder

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Paper No. GT2010-23214, pp. 975-984; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 2: Combustion, Fuels and Emissions, Parts A and B
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4397-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Premixed turbulent flames of methane-air and propane-air stabilized on a Bunsen type burner were studied to investigate the structure of the flame front at a wide range of turbulence intensities covering the range of interest in lean premixed combustors. The flame front data were obtained using planar Rayleigh imaging, and particle image velocimetry was used to measure instantaneous velocity field for the experimental conditions studied. The fuel-air equivalence ratio range was from lean 0.6 to stoichiometric for methane flames, and from 0.7 to stoichiometric for propane flames. The non-dimensional turbulent rms velocity, u′ /SL , covered a range from 3 to 24. Flame front thickness and flame front curvature statistics were obtained from 2D measurements. Flame front thickness increased slightly with increasing non-dimensional turbulence rms velocity in both methane and propane flames, although the flame thickening was more prominent in propane flames. There was not any significant difference in flame thickening whether the flame thickness is evaluated at progress variable 0.5, corresponding to the reaction zone, or 0.3, corresponding to the preheat zone. Variations of front curvature and flame thickness are presented for different premixed combustion regimes and implications of these findings for modelling premixed turbulent combustion are discussed.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Turbulence , Modeling , Flames



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