Experimental and numerical study of a conical turbulent partially premixed flame

Bo Li, Eric Baudoin, Rixin Yu, Zhiwei Sun, Zhongshan Li, Xue-Song Bai, Marcus Aldén, M. S. Mansour

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The structure and dynamics of a turbulent partially premixed methane/air flame in a conical burner were investigated using laser diagnostics and large-eddy simulations (LES). The flame structure inside the cone was charecterized in detail using LES based on a two-scalar flamelet model, with the mixture fraction for the mixing field and level-set G-function for the partially premixed flame front propagation. In addition, planar laser induced florescence (PLIF) of CH and chemiluminiscence imaging with high speed video were performed through a glass cone. CH and CH2O PLIF were also used to examine the flame structures above the cone. It is shown that in the entire flame the CH layer remains very thin, whereas the CH2O layer is rather thick. The flame is stabilized inside the cone a short distance above the nozzle. The stabilization of the flame can be simulated by the triple-flame model but not the flamelet-quenching model. The results show that flame stabilization in the cone is a result of premixed flame front propagation and flow reversal near the wall of the cone which is deemed to be dependent on the cone angle. Flamelet based LES is shown to capture the measured CH structures whereas the predicted CH2O structure is some-what thinner than the experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1811-1818
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
  • Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics


  • Laser diagnostics
  • Partially premixed flame
  • Conical burner
  • Large-eddy
  • simulation


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