Measurements of Scalar Variance, Scalar Dissipation, and Length Scales in Turbulent Piloted Methane/Air Jet Flames Academic Article uri icon


  • One-dimensional (line) measurements of mixture fraction, temperature, and scalar dissipation in piloted turbulent partially premixed methane/air jet flames (Sandia flames C, D, and E) are presented. The experimental facility combines line imaging of Roman scattering, Rayleigh scattering, and laser-induced CO fluorescence. Simultaneous single-shot measurements of temperature and the mass fractions of all the major species (N2, O2, CH4, CO2, H2O, CO, and H 2) are obtained along 7 mm segments with a nominal spatial resolution of 0.2 mm. Mixture fraction, ξ, is then calculated from the measured mass fractions. Ensembles of instantaneous mixture fraction profiles at several streamwise locations are analyzed to quantify the effect of spatial averaging on the Favre average scalar variance, which is an important term in the modeling of turbulent nonpremixed flames. Results suggest that the fully resolved scalar variance may be estimated by simple extrapolation of spatially filtered measurements. Differentiation of the instantaneous mixture fraction profiles yields the radial contribution to the scalar dissipation, χr -2Dξ(∂ξ/∂r)2, and radial profiles of the Favre mean and rms scalar dissipation are reported. Scalar length scales, based on autocorrelation of the spatial profiles of ξand χr, are also reported. These new data on this already well-documented series of flames should be useful in the context of validating models for sub-grid scalar variance and for scalar dissipation in turbulent flames.

author list (cited authors)

  • Barlow, R. S., & Karpetis, A. N.

citation count

  • 48

publication date

  • June 2004