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Flame thickness and conditional scalar dissipation rate in a premixed temporal turbulent reacting jet

Chaudhuri, Swetaprovo and Kolla, Hemanth and Dave, Himanshu L and Hawkes, Evatt R and Chen, Jacqueline H and Law, Chung K (2017) Flame thickness and conditional scalar dissipation rate in a premixed temporal turbulent reacting jet. In: COMBUSTION AND FLAME, 184 . pp. 273-285.

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2017.02.027


The flame structure corresponding to lean hydrogen-air premixed flames in intense sheared turbulence in the thin reaction zone regime is quantified from flame thickness and conditional scalar dissipation rate statistics, obtained from recent direct numerical simulation data of premixed temporally-evolving turbulent slot jet flames 1]. It is found that, on average, these sheared turbulent flames are thinner than their corresponding planar laminar flames. Extensive analysis is performed to identify the reason for this counter-intuitive thinning effect. The factors controlling the flame thickness are analyzed through two different routes i.e., the kinematic route, and the transport and chemical kinetics route. The kinematic route is examined by comparing the statistics of the normal strain rate due to fluid motion with the statistics of the normal strain rate due to varying flame displacement speed or self-propagation. It is found that while the fluid normal straining is positive and tends to separate iso-scalar surfaces, the dominating normal strain rate due to self-propagation is negative and tends to bring the iso-scalar surfaces closer resulting in overall thinning of the flame. The transport and chemical kinetics route is examined by studying the non-unity Lewis number effect on the premixed flames. The effects from the kinematic route are found to couple with the transport and chemical kinetics route. In addition, the intermittency of the conditional scalar dissipation rate is also examined. It is found to exhibit a unique non-monotonicity of the exponent of the stretched exponential function, conventionally used to describe probability density function tails of such variables. The non-monotonicity is attributed to the detailed chemical structure of hydrogen-air flames in which heat release occurs close to the unburnt reactants at near free-stream temperatures. (C) 2017 Published by Elsevier Inc. on behalf of The Combustion Institute.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2017 06:29
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2017 06:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/57782

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