Time-resolved thermometric investigation of flame quenching between parallel flat plates

Ariff Magdoom Mahuthannan, Yedhu Krishna, Gaetano Magnotti, William L. Roberts, Deanna Lacoste

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Understanding the quenching of flames by cold surfaces requires an accurate characterization of heat transfer. This study presents time resolved thermometry of flame quenching events, in a geometry that mimics a flame arrester located between two large tanks. The specificity of this arrangement was that the laminar flame in the quenching section could reach a relatively high apparent velocity, around 13 m/s. One-dimensional high-speed (10 kHz) filtered Rayleigh scattering (FRS) was implemented along with dynamic pressure measurements. Thermometry by FRS was used to measure the spatial and temporal evolution of the temperature in the flame front as well as in the burnt gases, as the flame propagated in the quenching section. Quenching was assessed by the analysis of pressure measurements. The flame propagated in a methane-air mixture of 0.8 equivalence ratio, initially quiescent at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. Three distances between the quenching elements, namely the two parallel flat aluminum plates, were investigated. The results showed that systematic quenching was obtained when the flame temperature decreased below 1600 K. In addition, the evolution of the integral of the temperature profile across the flame front could be used to predict quenching events. Based on heat transfer analysis, explanations for these results are proposed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121511
StatePublished - Aug 6 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-08-10
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this article was funded by The Boeing Company and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. The authors would like to thank Dr. Thibault Guiberti for the inspiring discussions about heat transfer problems.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology


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