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The Application of Snapshot POD Method in Characterization and Analysis of Numerically Simulated Fire-Induced Flows

[+] Author Affiliations
Dong Yang, Ran Huo, Longhua Hu, Xiaoyuan Xu, Fei Tang, Shi Zhu, Yaqiang Jiang

University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China

Paper No. HT2009-88193, pp. 41-61; 21 pages
  • ASME 2009 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the InterPACK09 and 3rd Energy Sustainability Conferences
  • Volume 3: Combustion, Fire and Reacting Flow; Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems; Heat Transfer in Transport Phenomena in Manufacturing and Materials Processing; Heat and Mass Transfer in Biotechnology; Low Temperature Heat Transfer; Environmental Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer Education; Visualization of Heat Transfer
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 19–23, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4358-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3851-8
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Snapshot proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) was performed on the analysis of dominant structures of fire-induced flows. The data for POD analysis was obtained from large eddy simulation (LES). Identification and analysis of dominant flow patterns have been carried out for two important types of fire-induced flows, including vertical plumes induced by pool fire and fire-induced horizontal channel flows. The essential features or energetic motions of these fire-induced flows were identified by combination of desired orders of POD modes. For the fire plumes, the counter-rotating vortex tubes were identified as the most dominant flow patterns. It is revealed that the oscillation dynamics of fire plume were related to the vortices near these vortex tubes. A larger number of small-scale structures and more structure scales were found in the fire plumes with higher Reynolds number (or higher heat release rate). For fire-induced horizontal channel flows, both the energy fractions and the structure patterns associated with POD modes depend more strongly on Reynolds number than those for fire plumes. The energy fractions contained within the most energetic modes significantly decrease with the increase of Reynolds number (or extraction flow rate) for fire-induced channel flows. It is found that the locations of strong vortices areas identified by POD mode are higher than the interface heights estimated by Janssens’ method, especially at the positions where counter flow mixing is strong.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Flow (Dynamics) , Fire



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