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Effects of Hydrogen Addition on Swirl-Stabilized Flame Properties

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Shengrong Zhu, Sumanta Acharya

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Paper No. GT2010-23686, pp. 1277-1287; 11 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


The role of hydrogen addition to swirl-stabilized methane flames is studied experimentally. Of specific interest are flame properties including flame surface density and curvature. The measurements are based on Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Mie-scattering and CH-chemiluminescence imaging. Identification of the flame front and its geometric characterization provides an understanding of the flame properties. Compared to the non-reacting flow, the methane flame broadens the central recirculation zone. Hydrogen enriched flames reduce the central recirculation zone and scales down the characteristic length of the flow. With hydrogen addition, the distribution of the flame front curvature is broadened and flame surface density is increased. This indicates that hydrogen addition increases the reaction front thermo-diffusive instability, causing the flame front to be more wrinkled, and increasing the flame surface area leading to an increase in the burning velocity.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Flames , Hydrogen



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