An experimental investigation on flame interaction and the existence of negative flame speeds

S. H. Sohrab, Z. Y. Ye, C. K. Law

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Downstream interaction between two counterflow premixed flames of different stoichiometries are investigated. Various flame configurations are observed and quantified; these include the binary system of two lean or rich flames, the triplet system of a lean and a rich flame separated by a diffusion flame, and single diffusion flames with some degree of premixedness. Extinction limits are determined for methane/air and butane/air mixtures over the entire range of mixture concentrations. Results show that these extinction limits can be significantly modified in the presence of interaction such that a mixture much beyond the flammability limit can still burn if it is supported by a stronger flame. The experiment also demonstrates the existence of negative flames whose propagation velocity is in the same general direction as that of the bulk convective flow. Implications of the present results on the flammability of stratified mixtures and on the modeling of turbulent flames are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1957-1965
Number of pages9
JournalSymposium (International) on Combustion
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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