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Numerical analysis of reaction-diffusion effects on species mixing rates in turbulent premixed methane-air combustion

Richardson, E.S., Sankaran, R., Grout, R.W. and Chen, J.H. (2010) Numerical analysis of reaction-diffusion effects on species mixing rates in turbulent premixed methane-air combustion Combustion and Flame, 157, (3), pp. 506-515. (doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2009.11.007).

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The scalar mixing time scale, a key quantity in many turbulent combustion models, is investigated for reactive scalars in premixed combustion. Direct numerical simulations (DNS) of three-dimensional, turbulent Bunsen flames with reduced methane-air chemistry have been analyzed in the thin reaction zones regime. Previous conclusions from single step chemistry DNS studies are confirmed regarding the role of dilatation and turbulence-chemistry interactions on the progress variable dissipation rate. Compared to the progress variable, the mixing rates of intermediate species is found to be several times greater. The variation of species mixing rates are explained with reference to the structure of one-dimensional premixed laminar flames. According to this analysis, mixing rates are governed by the strong gradients which are imposed by flamelet structures at high Damk¨ohler numbers. This suggests a modeling approach to estimate the mixing rate of individual species which can be applied, for example, in transported probability density function simulations. Flame turbulence interactions which modify the flamelet based representation are analyzed.

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Published date: March 2010
Organisations: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment


Local EPrints ID: 172577
ISSN: 0010-2180
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Date deposited: 28 Jan 2011 09:06
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:14

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Author: E.S. Richardson
Author: R. Sankaran
Author: R.W. Grout
Author: J.H. Chen

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