Effects of flame stretch and wrinkling on CO formation in turbulent premixed combustion

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Abstract

This paper presents an investigation of CO formation in a lean premixed propane/air turbulent flame in an afterburner configuration. A previous experiment showed that a high amount of CO was formed in the mean turbulent flame brush. To explain the high CO concentration in the flame zone, the effects of flame stretch and flame wrinkling are studied, based on an ensemble averaged laminar flamelet library approach. It is shown that the flame stretch decreases the laminar burning velocity by 20% under the studied flame conditions, and the stretched flamelet model predicts the non-equilibrium CO concentration in the postflame zone. However, the high CO concentration in the mean flame brush cannot be predicted by a stretched flamelet library model alone. A flamelet model accounting for wrinkled flamelets in the mean turbulent flame brush, and the effect of flame stretch (mainly strain rate), is tested. The model is based on a level-set G-equation for the mean position of the turbulent flame brush and an ensemble average of strained laminar flamelet libraries. A comparison of the numerical results with the experimental data and a previous translating flamelet model clearly shows that the wrinkled flamelet model predicts the intermediate species, such as CO, more accurately. The major species such as O-2 and CO2, as well as temperature, are found to be not sensitive to the flame wrinkling.

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  • Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics

Keywords

  • Flame stretch
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Combustion Institute
PublisherElsevier
Pages1873-1879
Volume29
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventTwenty-Ninth International Symposium on Combustion Hokkaido University Sapporo Japan - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 2002 Jul 212002 Jul 25

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Number2
Volume29
ISSN (Print)1873-2704
ISSN (Electronic)1540-7489

Conference

ConferenceTwenty-Ninth International Symposium on Combustion Hokkaido University Sapporo Japan
CountryJapan
CitySapporo
Period2002/07/212002/07/25