Based on a hydrodynamic length, which is typically larger than the nominal flame thickness, a premixed flame can be viewed as a surface of density discontinuity, advected and distorted by the flow. The velocities and the pressure suffer abrupt changes across the flame front that consist of Rankine-Hugoniot jump conditions, to leading order, with corrections of the order of the flame thickness that account for transverse fluxes and accumulation. To complete the formulation, expressions for the flame temperature and propagation speed, which vary along the flame as a result of local non-uniformities in the flow field and of flame front curvature, are derived. Unlike previous studies that assumed a mixture consisting of a single deficient reactant, the present study uses a two-reactant scheme and thus considers mixtures whose compositions vary from lean to rich conditions. Furthermore, non-unity and general reaction orders are considered in an attempt to mimic a wider range of reaction mechanisms and, to better represent actual experimental conditions, all transport coefficients are allowed to depend arbitrarily on temperature. The present model, expressed in a coordinate-free form, is valid for flames of arbitrary shape propagating in general fluid flows, either laminar or turbulent.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering