Dual-pulse laser ignition model

Rajib Mahamud, Albina A. Tropina, Mikhail N. Shneider, Richard B. Miles

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A two-dimensional mathematical model of dual-pulse laser ignition that self-consistently integrates Navier-Stokes, translational and vibrational energy, and neutral and charged species equations has been presented. The results showed that the ignition kernel dynamics depends on the shape and initial energy distribution in the energy spot created by the first ultraviolet laser pulse. The results also suggest that the ignition delay time and the flame kernel development depend on the laser intensity, vibrational-nonequilibrium, and initial electron number density. For the high initial degree of ionization, we have obtained ignition of the lean methane-air mixture with the equivalence ratio of 0.6. Vibrational-nonequilibrium taken into account by the Landau-Teller model leads to the slower ignition kernel growth and the significant increase in the ignition delay time. For the case modeled, a change in the overlap of the second laser with the focal point of the first laser pulse leads to the early split up of the kernel and the flame extinguishment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106104
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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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