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Shock-Flame Interaction Modeling in a Constant-Volume Combustion Channel Using Detailed Chemical Kinetics and Automatic Mesh Refinement

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Sameera D. Wijeyakulasuriya

Convergent Science Inc., Middleton, WI

Manikanda Rajagopal, Razi Nalim

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Paper No. GT2013-94617, pp. V01AT04A042; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 1A: Combustion, Fuels and Emissions
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5510-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


More efficient and powerful gas turbine engines can be designed using constant-volume combustors that may involve ignition of a combustible mixture using a hot gas jet, subsequent flame and pressure-wave propagation, and their interactions. Accurate prediction of three-dimensional transient turbulent combustion is computationally challenging. To resolve propagating turbulent combustion, predict ignition, and track pressure waves accurately requires techniques to minimize the numerical cell count and kinetics calculation times. This study of shock-flame interaction (SFI) used detailed chemistry that includes low-temperature ignition reactions. Computational cells with similar temperatures and composition were grouped as ‘zones’ where kinetics are solved only once per zone per time step, using average values of species concentrations and thermodynamic properties for that zone. This avoids expensive kinetic calculations in every computational cell, with considerable speedup. A relatively coarser initial mesh was refined selectively and automatically, based on predicted velocity and temperature gradients, tracking propagating pressure waves and flames. The time step is variable, limited by the local speed of sound, to ensure accurate wave propagation. These techniques, previously validated for non-premixed, premixed and multiple-fuel turbulent combustion in industrial IC engines, are applied to study SFI during premixed combustion in a long constant-volume combustor.

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