On flame-front instability at elevated pressures

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Effects of pressure up to 3 atm on flame-front instability were numerically investigated for both linear and nonlinear growth stages at sub-unity and unity Lewis numbers. A sixth-order compact scheme and non-reflecting boundary conditions were used to capture the evolution of the flame front. Results show that in the linear instability growth stage, elevated pressure can extend the unstable range of flame-fronts and generate the fine flame cell structure. This effect can be qualitatively predicted by the theories when Le = 1.0; however the theories diverge at sub-unity Lewis numbers (e.g. Le = 0.7). In the nonlinear growth stage, the critical wave number (kc) from the linear dispersion relation can be used as a reference length scale for the evolution of the flame cell structure. Since elevated pressure increases the critical wave number, small flame cells appear over large flame cells (deep folds) at high ambient pressures. Furthermore, flame-front hydrodynamic instability is excited when the lateral domain is enlarged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1267-1274
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Volume31 I
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007
Event31st International Symposium on Combustion - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: Aug 5 2006Aug 11 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


  • Flame instability
  • Flame propagation
  • High pressure flames


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