Statistical relationship between soot volume fraction, temperature, primary particle diameter and OH radicals along transects normal to the local reaction zone in a turbulent flame

Zhiwei Sun, Bassam B. Dally, Zeyad Alwahabi, Graham J. Nathan

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Abstract

We present a new method to extract experimental data from simultaneous planar images in turbulent sooting flames, to derive transects of key species based on local coordinates that are aligned normal to the instantaneous, fluctuating reaction zone. Such statistics represent a milestone in the assessment of turbulent sooting flames, because they are one-dimensional and based on local coordinates conditioned on the distribution of soot sheets, in contrast to previous statistics, which are typically Eulerian and single point in nature. The local coordinate system was determined from instantaneous images of soot volume fraction (fv) based on a varying threshold and the local reaction zone was identified by further referring OH images. Quantitative experimental data of fv, temperature (T) and primary particle diameter (Dp), together with qualitative OH intensities, were extracted along the direction normal to the local reaction zone from simultaneous images of the four parameters. These results were measured in a pre-vaporized toluene diffusion flame (Reynolds number = 10,000) using advanced laser-based techniques. Statistical data were combined together and used to generate the profiles for these four parameters with high accuracy and level of resolution that is not possible using previous statistics methods based on Eulerian coordinates. These new kind results showed that the spatial relationship between fv, T and OH remains broadly similar anywhere in the flame, while the profiles of Dpsignificantly shift away from those of the other three parameters with the increase in the height of the flame. The mean values of fv, Dpand T also show a clear relationship as a function of the height, even though the trends of mean fvand Dpalong the height are different from that of T, also suggesting a strong relationship exists between soot and temperature in the local reaction zone.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Combustion Institute
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Pages1497-1505
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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