Asymptotic structure of laminar diffusion flames at high pressure

D. Fong, J. K. Bechtold, Chung King Law

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We analyze the structure of laminar diffusion flames at high pressure in the limit of large activation energy for the particular configuration of a steady flame in counterflow. We consider a dense fluid in which normal Fickian diffusion of the fuel is limitedthermal diffusion, i.e., the Soret effect, is the dominant mechanism for fuel mass transport. Temperature and species profiles, as well as flame temperature and location, are determined as a function of Damköhler number and Soret diffusion coefficient. In particular, we find that oxidant is entirely consumed by the flame, while some fuel leaks through. For light fuels, the fuel profile is found to have a local peak on the oxidant side as a result of thermal diffusion. Our analysis includes a description of extinction phenomena, including explicit criteria in terms of the Soret diffusion coefficient, ratio of temperature of the two streamsthe Damköhler number at extinction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number093602
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 17 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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