A numerical study on soot formation and evolution in pressurized turbulent sooting flames

Dezhi Zhou, Anders Vaage, Suo Yang, Wesley Boyette, Thibault Guiberti, William L. Roberts

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Understandings on soot formation and evolution in pressurized flames are of significant interest due to the increasing operating pressures in different combustors and the accompanying increased soot emissions. In this study, a series of pressurized turbulent sooting flames at 1 bar, 3 bar and 5 bar, are simulated to study the pressure effect on the soot formation and evolution. The inflow conditions are chosen such that the Reynolds number at different pressures keep constant. Via a Radiation Flamelet Progress Variable (RFPV) approach with a conditional soot sub-filter Probability Density Function (PDF) to consider the turbulence-chemistry-soot interaction, quantitatively good agreements (e.g., maximum discrepancy within one order of magnitude) are achieved for soot volume fraction predictions compared with the experimental data at different pressures. Soot volume fraction source terms are then discussed to show the pressure effect on nucleaion, condensation, surface growth and oxidation at different axial positions in these flames.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781624106095
StatePublished - Jan 4 2021


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