Piloted methane/air jet flames: Transport effects and aspects of scalar structure Academic Article uri icon


  • Previously unpublished results from multiscalar point measurements in the series of piloted CH4/air jet flames [R.S. Barlow, J.H. Frank, Proc. Combust. Inst. 27 (1998) 1087-1095] are presented and analyzed. The emphasis is on features of the data that reveal the relative importance of molecular diffusion and turbulent transport in these flames. The complete series A-F is considered. This includes laminar, transitional, and turbulent flames spanning a range in Reynolds number from 1100 to 44,800. Results on conditional means of species mass fractions, the differential diffusion parameter, and the state of the water-gas shift reaction all show that there is an evolution in these flames from a scalar structure dominated by molecular diffusion to one dominated by turbulent transport. Long records of 6000 single-point samples at each of several selected locations in flame D are used to quantify the cross-stream (radial) dependence of conditional statistics of measured scalars. The cross-stream dependence of the conditional scalar dissipation is determined from 6000-shot, line-imaging measurements at selected locations. The cross-stream dependence of reactive scalars, which is most significant in the near field of the jet flame, is attributed to radial differences in both convective and local time scales of the flow. Results illustrate some potential limitations of common modeling assumptions when applied to laboratory-scale flames and, thus, provide a more complete context for interpretation of comparisons between experiments and model calculations. 2005 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Barlow, R. S., Frank, J. H., Karpetis, A. N., & Chen, J. Y.

citation count

  • 135

complete list of authors

  • Barlow, RS||Frank, JH||Karpetis, AN||Chen, JY

publication date

  • January 2005