Analysis of blowoff scaling of bluff body stabilized flames
Husain, Sajjad A.
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Bluff body stabilization of flames is a commonly employed technique for combustion applications, such as thrust augmentors. These combustors are usually required to operate at lean conditions governed by a lower stability limit on combustion denoted by lean blow off. Lean blow off is believed to be a dynamically unstable phenomenon that leads to flame extinction or convection from a stable, usually desired, point in space. Current theories predict lean blow off based on models that were developed over specific domain of inflow parameters. This thesis sought to compile, re-evaulate, and analyze past blowoff data presented in literature using time scale correlations, Damkohler numbers, by employing modern chemical kinetic solvers to approximate characteristic chemical times. The research has conclusively shown that it is possible to express blowoff data for multiple flow conditions using a power law relationship between Damkohler number and Reynolds numbers. From the analysis of this power law relations, trends are validated using past empirical observations, and some new information regarding flame stability is also conveyed.