Burning Velocity of Turbulent Methane/Air Premixed Flames in Subatmospheric Environments

Arley Cardona Vargas, Alex M. Garciá, Carlos E. Arrieta, Jorge Sierra Del Rio, Andrés Amell

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The aim of our work was to study turbulent premixed flames in subatmospheric conditions. For this purpose, turbulent premixed flames of lean methane/air mixtures were stabilized in a nozzle-type Bunsen burner and analyzed using Schlieren visualization and image processing to calculate turbulent burning velocities by the mean-angle method. Moreover, hot-wire anemometer measurements were performed to characterize the turbulent aspects of the flow. The environmental conditions were 0.85 atm, 0.98 atm, and 295 ± 2 K. The turbulence-flame interaction was analyzed based on the geometric parameters combined with laminar flame properties (which were experimentally and numerically determined), integral length scale, and Kolmogorov length scale. Our results show that the effects of subatmospheric pressure on turbulent burning velocity are significant. The ratio between turbulent and laminar burning velocities increases with turbulence intensity, but this effect tends to decrease as the atmospheric pressure is reduced. We propose a general empirical correlation as a function between ST/SL and u′/SL based on the experimental results obtained in this study and the equivalence ratio and pressure we established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25095-25103
Number of pages9
JournalACS Omega
Issue number39
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

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