Diffusive-thermal instabilities in premixed flames: Stepwise ignition-temperature kinetics

Published on May 1, 2015in Combustion and Flame4.12
· DOI :10.1016/j.combustflame.2015.01.006
I. Brailovsky10
Estimated H-index: 10
(TAU: Tel Aviv University),
Peter V. Gordon8
Estimated H-index: 8
(University of Akron)
+ 1 AuthorsGregory I. Sivashinsky29
Estimated H-index: 29
(TAU: Tel Aviv University)
Abstract This study is motivated by the observation that in combustion of hydrogen–oxygen/air and ethylene–oxygen mixtures the global activation energy appears to be high at low enough temperatures and low at high enough temperatures, reflecting the complex nature of the underlying chemistry. Stability analysis of a uniformly propagating planar premixed flame controlled by a stepwise ignition-temperature kinetics (representing the activation energy temperature-dependence) is carried out. It is shown that, for all its schematic nature, the diffusive-thermal model based on the ignition-temperature kinetics reproduces quite successfully the basic features of both cellular and pulsating instabilities typical of low and high Lewis number mixtures.
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