The relative alignment of the eigenvectors of pressure Hessian with reactive scalar gradient and strain rate eigenvectors in turbulent premixed flames have been analysed for Karlovitz number values ranging from 0.75 to 126 using a detailed chemistry three-dimensional Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) database of H2-air premixed flames. The reactive scalar gradient preferentially aligns with the most extensive strain rate eigendirection for large Damköhler number and small Karlovitz number values, whereas a preferential collinear alignment between the reactive scalar gradient with the most compressive strain rate eigendirection is observed in flames with small Damköhler number and large Karlovitz number. By contrast, the eigenvectors of pressure Hessian do not perfectly align with the reactive scalar gradient, and the net contribution of the pressure Hessian to the evolution of the normal strain rate contribution to the scalar dissipation rate transport acts to reduce the scalar gradient in the zone of high dilatation rate. The eigenvectors of pressure Hessian and strain rate are aligned in such a manner that the contribution of pressure Hessian to the evolution of principal strain rates tends to augment the most extensive principal strain rate for small and moderate values of Karlovitz numbers, whereas this contribution plays an important role for the evolution of the intermediate principal strain rate for large values of Karlovitz number. As the reactive scalar gradient does not align with the intermediate strain rate eigenvector, the influence of pressure Hessian contributions to the scalar-turbulence interaction remains weak for large values of Karlovitz number.
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- Condensed Matter Physics