Turbulent combustion of stoichiometric hydrogen-air mixture is simulated using direct numerical simulation methodology, employing complex chemical kinetics. Two flame configurations, freely propagating and V-flames stabilized behind a hot rod, are simulated. The results are analyzed to study the influence of flame configuration on the turbulence-scalar interaction, which is critical for the scalar gradient generation processes. The result suggests that this interaction process is not influenced by the flame configuration and the flame normal is found to align with the most extensive strain in the region of intense heat release. The combustion in the rod stabilized flame is found to be flamelet like in an average sense and the growth of flame-brush thickness with the downstream distance is represented well by Taylor theory of turbulent diffusion, when the flame-brushes are non-interacting. The thickness is observed to saturate when the flame-brushes interact, which is found to occur in the simulated rod stabilized flame with Taylor micro-scale Reynolds number of 97.
Effect of flow-geometry on turbulence-scalar interaction in premixed flames
Y. Minamoto, N. Fukushima, M. Tanahashi, T. Miyauchi, T. D. Dunstan, N. Swaminathan; Effect of flow-geometry on turbulence-scalar interaction in premixed flames. Physics of Fluids 1 December 2011; 23 (12): 125107. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3665619
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