Darrieus–Landau instability of premixed flames enhanced by fuel droplets

Recent experiments on spray flames propagating in a Wilson cloud chamber have established that spray flames are much more sensitive to wrinkles or corrugations than single-phase flames. To propose certain elements of explanation, we numerically study the Darrieus–Landau (or hydrodynamic) instability (DL-instability) developing in premixtures that contain an array of fuel droplets. Two approaches are compared: numerical simulation starting from the general conservation laws in reactive media, and the numerical computation of Sivashinsky-type model equations for DL-instability. Both approaches provide us with results in deep agreement. It is first shown that the presence of droplets in fuel–air premixtures induces initial perturbations which are large enough to trigger the DL-instability. Second, the droplets are responsible for additional wrinkles when the DL-instability is developed. The latter wrinkles are of length scales shorter than those of the DL-instability, in such a way that the DL-unstable spray flames have a larger front surface and therefore propagate faster than the single-phase ones when subjected to the same instability

Colette Nicoli, Pierre Haldenwang, Bruno Denet. Darrieus–Landau instability of premixed flames enhanced by fuel droplets. Combustion Theory and Modelling, Taylor & Francis, 2017, 21 (4), pp.630 - 645. 〈10.1080/13647830.2017.1279756〉. 〈hal-01678255〉

Journal: Combustion Theory and Modelling

Date de publication: 27-01-2017

  • Colette Nicoli
  • Pierre Haldenwang
  • Bruno Denet

Digital object identifier (doi): http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13647830.2017.1279756

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