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Numerical and experimental investigation of turbulent n-heptane jet-in-hot-coflow flames

Li, Z and Evans, MJ and Ye, J and Medwell, PR and Parente, A (2021) Numerical and experimental investigation of turbulent n-heptane jet-in-hot-coflow flames. Fuel, 283. ISSN 0016-2361

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Abstract

A turbulent n-heptane jet flame in a jet-in-hot-coflow burner is numerically and experimentally investigated, revealing distinct features of this fuel in a jet-in-hot-coflow burner. The RANS k-ε turbulence model is adopted in combination with a dynamic partially-stirred reactor (PaSR) combustion model. The simulation results are used to support newly-obtained experimental measurements of mean temperature, OH number density and normalised CH O-PLIF signal values at several axial locations. The simulations capture the transitional phenomenon observed experimentally for the low coflow oxygen concentration case, which is determined to be due to the two chemical pathways which exist for the n-heptane fuel. The predicted flame weak-to-strong transition heights based on the streamwise (axial) gradient of OH number density show non-monotonic behaviour. Furthermore, an investigation on negative heat release rate region shows that the absolute value of negative heat release rate increases with reduced coflow oxygen content, in contrast to the suppression phenomenon seen in laminar opposed-flow flames. 2

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 20:02
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 01:47
DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.118748