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Numerical studies on supersonic spray combustion in high-temperature shear flows in a scramjet combustor

Zhaoxin Ren Orcid Logo, Bing WANG, Longxi ZHENG, Dan ZHAO

Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, Volume: 31, Issue: 9, Pages: 1870 - 1879

Swansea University Author: Zhaoxin Ren Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Numerical simulation is applied to detail the combustion characteristics of n-decane sprays in highly compressible vortices formed in a supersonic mixing layer. The multi-phase reacting flow is modeled, in which the shear flow is solved Eulerianly by means of direct numerical simulation, and the mot...

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Published in: Chinese Journal of Aeronautics
ISSN: 1000-9361
Published: Elsevier BV 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59371
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Abstract: Numerical simulation is applied to detail the combustion characteristics of n-decane sprays in highly compressible vortices formed in a supersonic mixing layer. The multi-phase reacting flow is modeled, in which the shear flow is solved Eulerianly by means of direct numerical simulation, and the motions of individual sub-grid point-mass fuel droplets are tracked Lagrangianly. Spray combustion behaviors are studied under different ambient pressures. Results indicate that ignition kernels are formed at high-strain vortex braids, where the scalar dissipation rates are high. The flame kernels are then strongly strained, associated with the rotation of the shearing vortex, and propagate to envelop the local vortex. It is observed that the flammable mixtures entrained in the vortex are burned from the edge to the core of the vortex until the reactants are completely consumed. As the ambient pressure increases, the high-temperature region expands so that the behaviors of spray flames are strongly changed. An overall analysis of the combustion field indicates that the time-averaged temperature increases, and the fluctuating pressure decreases, resulting in a more stable spray combustion under higher pressures, primarily due to the acceleration of the chemical reaction.
Keywords: Combustion; Flame kernel; Mixing layer; Numerical simulation; Shearing vortex; Spray flame; Supersonic flow
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: The second author would like to thank the partial finical supports from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51676111), the Joint Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the China Academy of Engineering Physics (No. U1730104), and the Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program, China (No. 2014Z05091).
Issue: 9
Start Page: 1870
End Page: 1879