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Effects of preferential transport in turbulent bluff-body-stabilized lean premixed CH 4/air flames

Barlow, RS and Dunn, MJ and Sweeney, MS and Hochgreb, S (2012) Effects of preferential transport in turbulent bluff-body-stabilized lean premixed CH 4/air flames. Combustion and Flame, 159. pp. 2563-2575. ISSN 0010-2180

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Abstract

Preferential species diffusion is known to have important effects on local flame structure in turbulent premixed flames, and differential diffusion of heat and mass can have significant effects on both local flame structure and global flame parameters, such as turbulent flame speed. However, models for turbulent premixed combustion normally assume that atomic mass fractions are conserved from reactants to fully burnt products. Experiments reported here indicate that this basic assumption may be incorrect for an important class of turbulent flames. Measurements of major species and temperature in the near field of turbulent, bluff-body stabilized, lean premixed methane-air flames (Le=0.98) reveal significant departures from expected conditional mean compositional structure in the combustion products as well as within the flame. Net increases exceeding 10% in the equivalence ratio and the carbon-to-hydrogen atom ratio are observed across the turbulent flame brush. Corresponding measurements across an unstrained laminar flame at similar equivalence ratio are in close agreement with calculations performed using Chemkin with the GRI 3.0 mechanism and multi-component transport, confirming accuracy of experimental techniques. Results suggest that the large effects observed in the turbulent bluff-body burner are cause by preferential transport of H 2 and H 2O through the preheat zone ahead of CO 2 and CO, followed by convective transport downstream and away from the local flame brush. This preferential transport effect increases with increasing velocity of reactants past the bluff body and is apparently amplified by the presence of a strong recirculation zone where excess CO 2 is accumulated. © 2011 The Combustion Institute.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bluff-body flames Differential diffusion Multiscalar diagnostics Preferential transport Turbulent premixed flames
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:53
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 19:03
DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2011.11.013