Effects of preferential diffusion on the burning intensity of curved flames

M. Mizomoto, Y. Asaka, S. Ikai, C. K. Law

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Using the Bunsen flame as a model curved flame, the coupled influence of preferential diffusion and flame stretch on the burning intensity of lean and rich mixtures of methane, propane, butane, ethylene, and hydrogen with air have been experimentally studied. Their results substantiate theoretical predictions and quantify previous experimental observations that, for mixtures whose effective Lewis numbers (Le) are less than unity, the flame temperature (Tf) is less than the adiabatic flame temperature (Tad). This temperature also decreases towards the flame tip, which has the largest curvature and therefore may locally extinguish. For mixtures with Le>1, Tf appear to be greater than Tad and the burning intensity increases towards the flame tip. For the Le ≈ 1 mixtures the behavior is somewhat neutral. The dominance of diffusional transport in influencing the intensity of curved flames is further demonstrated by showing that the tip opening of the highly diffusive hydrogen/air flames occurs at constant hydrogen equivalence ratios of about 1.15 to 1.20, being almost independent of the flow intensity and uniformity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1933-1939
Number of pages7
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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