On band lumping, radiation reabsorption, and high-pressure effects in laminar flame propagation

Shu Zheng, Ran Sui, Wenkai Liang, Huaichun Zhou, Chung K. Law

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Effects of radiation reabsorption on the burning flux of freely propagating laminar premixed flames at atmospheric and elevated pressures were numerically investigated for CH4/O2/N2/CO2 mixtures. Models with SNBCK 9 bands and 7 bands based on the spectral band lumping for H2O, CO2, CO and CH4 were developed to improve the computational efficiency. It is found that the burning flux is promoted by the upstream radiation reabsorption and with increasing CO2 concentration. Furthermore, with increasing pressure, radiation reabsorption first increases and then reduces the burning flux because of the corresponding increases of the reabsorption efficiency and the optical thickness, respectively. The blockage of radiation emission from the burnt mixture due to the increased optical thickness is dominant with the addition of the stronger radiative species CO2 at higher pressures. Extensive computation further demonstrates that, compared with the benchmark case of 367 bands, the SNBCK 9 bands lumping retains good accuracy while substantially facilitates the computational efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-93
Number of pages8
JournalCombustion and Flame
StatePublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • Burning flux
  • Elevated pressures
  • Radiation reabsorption


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