Study of Liftoff mechanism of nonpremixed jet flame near unity Schmidt number

Yuan Xue, Xiao Qin, Yiguang Ju

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Nonpremixed jet flames of dimethyl ether (DME) were studied both experimentally and theoretically to investigate flame liftoff near unity Schmidt number. It was found experimentally that although the DME nonpremixed flames have a Schmidt number larger than unity it cannot be lifted directly by increasing the flow rate. Lifted flames can only be established by igniting the mixture in a narrow region downstream of the jet at low flow rates. The results also show that the liftoff flow rate is less than that of the blowout limit of the attached flame. Theoretically, the self-similar Landau-Squire solution for a round jet is revisited and the combined effects of stretch and flame curvature on triple flame propagation speed were considered. It was found that the critical Schmidt number for liftoff shifts around unity. The critical Schmidt number is less than unity for fuel Le numbers larger than 0.5 and larger than unity for Le numbers less than 0.5.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2005
Event43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 10 2005Jan 13 2005


Other43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityReno, NV

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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