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Heat Release Imaging in Turbulent Premixed Ethylene-Air Flames Near Blow-off

Kariuki, J and Dowlut, A and Balachandran, R and Mastorakos, E (2016) Heat Release Imaging in Turbulent Premixed Ethylene-Air Flames Near Blow-off. Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 96. pp. 1039-1051. ISSN 1386-6184

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© 2016 The Author(s) The focus of this work is to visualise the regions of CH2O and heat release (HR) of an unconfined turbulent premixed bluff body stabilised ethylene-air flame at conditions approaching lean blow-off using simultaneous imaging of OH- and CH2O-PLIF. The HR regions are estimated from the product of the OH and CH2O profiles. At conditions near blow-off, wide regions of CH2O are observed inside the recirculation zone (RZ). The presence of CH2O and HR inside the RZ is observed to follow fragmentation of the downstream flame parts near the top of the RZ. The presence of wide regions void of both OH and CH2O inside the RZ at conditions very close to blow-off indicates the possible entrainment of un-reacted gases into the RZ. The behaviour of the lean ethylene-air flame with Lewis number (Le) greater than 1 is compared to that of a lean methane-air flame with Le of approximately 1. For both fuels, qualitatively similar observations of flame fragmentation downstream followed by build-up of CH2O and HR inside the RZ are observed at conditions near lean blow-off. Also, a similar trend of flame front curvature conditioned on HR was observed for both the ethylene-air and methane-air flames, where the magnitude of HR was observed to increase with the absolute value of curvature.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:32
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 07:53