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Life of flame particles embedded in premixed flames interacting with near isotropic turbulence

Chaudhuri, Swetaprovo (2015) Life of flame particles embedded in premixed flames interacting with near isotropic turbulence. In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMBUSTION INSTITUTE, 35 (2). pp. 1305-1312.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.proci.2014.08.007


Flame particles are surface points that always remain embedded on, by comoving with a given iso-scalar surface within a flame. Tracking flame particles allow us to study the fate of propagating surface locations uniquely identified throughout their evolution with time. In this work, using Direct Numerical Simulations we study the finite lifetime of such flame particles residing on iso-temperature surfaces of statistically planar H-2-air flames interacting with near-isotropic turbulence. We find that individual flame particles as well as their ensemble, experience progressively increasing tangential straining rate (K-t) and increasing negative curvature (kappa) near the end of their lifetime to finally get annihilated. By studying two different turbulent flow conditions, flame particle tracking shows that such tendency of local flame surfaces to be strained and cusped towards pinch-off from the main surface is a rather generic feature, independent of initial conditions, locations and ambient turbulence intensity levels. The evolution of the alignments between the flame surface normals and the principal components of the local straining rates are also tracked. We find that the surface normals initially aligned with the most extensive principal strain rate components, rotate near the end of flame particles' lifetime to enable preferential alignment between the surface tangent and the most extensive principal strain rate component. This could explain the persistently increasing tangential strain rate, sharp negative curvature formation and eventual detachment. (C) 2014 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Turbulent premixed flame; Surface point; Strain rate; Curvature; Preferential alignment
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2015 12:48
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 12:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50997

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