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Investigation of extinction in unsteady flames in turbulent combustion by 2D-LIF of OH radials and flamelet analysis

Becker, H and Monkhouse, PB and Wolfrum, J and Cant, RS and Bray, KNC and Maly, R and Pfister, W and Stahl, G and Warnatz, J (1991) Investigation of extinction in unsteady flames in turbulent combustion by 2D-LIF of OH radials and flamelet analysis. Symposium (International) on Combustion, 23. pp. 817-823. ISSN 0082-0784

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Abstract

An experimental and theoretical investigation of premixed turbulent combustion in an engine simulator is presented. The distribution of hydroxyl radicals formed in the combustion of propane/air mixtures was visualized by 2D-LIF and used to monitor the progress of the combustion process. For stoichiometric mixtures, images showed a continuous wrinkled flame front, while in lean (λ=1.5) mixtures, local flame extinction was observed as discontinuities in the reaction zone. A bright active reaction zone was still observed in flame inlets and closed concave structures. The effects of self-absorption and of collisional quenching on the fluorescence signal are considered and appear to have only a minor net influence on the shape and width of the flame front. The images are evaluated and interpreted in terms of the Lewis number effect and the laminar flamelet model. Analysis was performed by determining the contour lines of the images (specifically, the ratios of average maximum to equilibrium OH concentration) and comparing with corresponding ratios from unstrained flame simulations. The results show that although the degree of turbulence is not high enough for straining effects to be important, flamelet curvature does play a significant role in the combustion of lean mixtures; this is manifested by a mean effective flame velocity that is less than the laminar burning velocity. © 1991 Combustion Institute.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:31
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 01:17
DOI: 10.1016/S0082-0784(06)80335-8