Fuel and equivalence ratio effects on transfer functions of premixed swirl flames

Francesco Di Sabatino, Thibault Guiberti, Jonas P. Moeck, William L. Roberts, Deanna Lacoste

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This paper reports on the effects of fuel and equivalence ratio on the response of lean premixed swirl flames to acoustic perturbations of the flow, at atmospheric pressure. The response is analyzed using flame transfer functions, which relate the relative heat release rate fluctuations from the flame to the relative velocity fluctuations of the incoming flow. Two fuels, propane and methane, and five equivalence ratios are considered. The 10 flames investigated are selected to exhibit the local maximum of the transfer function gain around the same frequency, 176 Hz. The results show that changing fuel and equivalence ratio influences both the gain and the phase of the transfer function. The changes observed at 176 Hz, where the dynamics of the flame is mainly controlled by the flame vortex roll-up mechanism, are discussed. Based on the analysis of the flowfields and the flame wrinkling, the laminar burning velocity and the flame temperature are identified as the main parameters controlling the gain. They have two competing effects: first, by enhancing the flame vortex roll-up and, second, by affecting the strength of the vortex generated by the acoustic forcing due to changes in the height of the flame stabilization location.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-284
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 18 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was funded by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche, through the Green Electric Control of COmbustion (GECCO) project.


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