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|Title: ||Modelling of premixed turbulent propagating flames|
|Authors: ||Patel, Samir N.D.H.|
|Keywords: ||Electric propulsion|
Physical and theoretical
|Issue Date: ||2001|
|Publisher: ||© Samir N.D.H. Patel|
|Abstract: ||Combustion has an active role in our modern lives as we continue to exploit its potential for many of our requirements. For example, its use to produce electricity and to power land, air and space transport vehicles. Increasing competition from the onset of the Industrial Revolution has led to
a greater emphasis on improving technology. Furthermore, the ongoing issue of global warming has led to government legislation on emissions. These problems have led to increasing interest in gaining fundamental critical details on flow and combustion in simple and complex engineering
geometries. Over the past twenty to thirty years numerical methods have demonstrated their
success at obtaining information on flow and combustion. However, there is a continuing need
to develop many of the components comprising a numerical method. The work reported here
stems from the modelling of turbulent premixed flames.
Turbulent premixed flames is a mode of combustion where the fuel and air mix before reacting.
Such a combustion mode is present in spark ignition (SI) and gas turbine (GT) engines,
and in explosions. Modelling of the combustion process within these practical applications can
provide useful information. For example, in aiding the design of the piston bowl and the combustion
chamber of SI and GT engines, respectively. Furthermore, the simulation of explosions
can result in safer designs for fuel storage and supply facilities. A central parameter to be modelled
in turbulent premixed flame propagation is the rate of chemical reaction. This is a crucial
parameter since it controls the rate of flame propagation, flame structure, and resulting pressure
history. However, to date the challenge of accurately modelling the rate of chemical reaction
over a range of turbulence conditions remains. Therefore, in this thesis, mathematical models for the mean rate of reaction are examined, developed, and validated against time-resolved experimental
data. The aim of the work is to improve the modelling of the mean rate of reaction
in order to achieve closer agreement with available experimental results on rates of flame propagation,
flame structure, and pressure history.
Recent, practical and numerical experiments have provided support for algebraic and transport
equation models for the flame surface area to volume ratio to model the mean rate of reaction.
Here, these models are examined and developed with one-, two-, and three-dimensional computational
fluid dynamics (CFD) calculations. The simulations were carried out using both an
in-house code (Turbulent Reacting Flows, TRF) and a commercially available CFD code (FIRE).
The TRF code was used to investigate the ability of existing and developed models to accurately
predict turbulent burning velocity. The models were then validated further by simulating
turbulent flame propagation in two combustion chamber configurations with built-in solid obstacles.
Hence verifying the models for different turbulence and geometry conditions. A nonlinear
eddy-viscosity model was implemented into the TRF code to assess the significance of
turbulence modelling in turbulent premixed flames. Finally, the developed models were implemented
in the FIRE code to carry out three-dimensional calculations to verify reproducibility of
the TRF code results and to investigate secondary flow effects.
Two reaction rate models were developed namely the algebraic (BML) and transport flame surface
density (FSD) models. Both BML and FSD models yield plausible results for flame propagation
in turbulent premixed combustion. However, modifications to the BML model were required
for low turbulence conditions, and superior results were obtained with the FSD model.
Both models struggled in capturing the interaction between flame and turbulent wakes behind