Effects of pressure on soot production in piloted turbulent non-premixed jet flames

Wesley Boyette, Anthony Bennett, Emre Cenker, Thibault Guiberti, William L. Roberts

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Laser-induced incandescence (LII) was used to quantify the soot volume fraction in five piloted turbulent non-premixed C2H4-N2 jet flames at elevated pressures. In one series of flames, the bulk jet velocity was held constant as the pressure was increased from 1 bar (Re = 10,000) to 3 bar (Re = 30,000), and then 5 bar (Re = 50,000). In the other series, a Reynolds number of 10,000 was held constant at 1 bar, 3 bar, and 5 bar. LII measurements were calibrated with laminar diffusion flames at each pressure using 2D diffuse line-of-sight attenuation. Mean and RMS soot volume fractions along the flame centerline exhibit Gaussian profiles for all of the flames. The magnitude of soot volume fraction and the spatial soot distribution are enhanced by increases in pressure. In both series of flames, the peak mean soot volume fraction scales with the pressure as p2.2. In the constant velocity series, the scaling drops to p1.5 if the volume-integrated mean soot volume fraction on a per fuel mass basis is considered instead. At 3 bar, a threefold increase in Re leads to a decrease in the mean soot volume fraction despite the decrease in soot intermittency. At 5 bar, a fivefold increase in Re results in soot intermittency near zero at the flame's center and a slight increase in the mean soot volume fraction.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-282
Number of pages12
JournalCombustion and Flame
StatePublished - Jan 20 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-02-16
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).


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