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Experimental study of flame stabilization in low Reynolds and Dean number flows in curved mesoscale ducts

Abstract : Flame stabilization during non-premixed combustion in curved ducts with a diameter of the order of magnitude of the premixed flame thickness of the reactants was investigated experimentally, since it has been established that this is a configuration with potential advantages in the context of "micro"-combustion. It was shown that, in Such "mesoscale" tubes, a stable flame oscillation including extinction/recognition phenomena call be established for steady boundary conditions. These oscillations lead. under appropriate conditions, to sound emission in the 50-350 Hz range. This was a mode of stabilization in addition to the "classical" steady flamelet, stabilized through thermal losses to the duct walls at higher values of the Reynolds number. Curvature of the duct was shown to have minimal effect on reactant mixing, which was diffusion-control led, but significantly affected flame thickness and stabilization. To probe the fuel-oxidizer mixing in the U-shaped, optically accessible tubes, laser induced fluorescence of acetone fuel dopant was used, and the flame structure was studied using OH PLIF. The various stabilization regimes are discussed in terms of the Reynolds and Dean numbers of the tube flow.
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Franck Richecoeur, Dimitrios Kyritsis. Experimental study of flame stabilization in low Reynolds and Dean number flows in curved mesoscale ducts. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Elsevier, 2005, 30 (2), pp.2419-2427. ⟨10.1016/j.proci.2004.08.015⟩. ⟨hal-00277879⟩

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