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Potential of Direct Numerical Simulations to Investigate Flame/Acoustic Interactions

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The interaction between turbulent flames and isolated acoustic waves is a problem of fundamental interest with practical applications, for example for a better understanding of combustion instabilities. After developing a specific version of the well-known Rayleigh's criterion, allowing to investigate local amplification or damping of an acoustic pulse interacting with a reaction front, extensive investigations have been carried out on this subject. The present publication summarizes the main conclusions of all these studies. Premixed as well as non-premixed flames have been considered, using different fuels. All these investigations rely on high-fidelity models and high-accuracy methods, in order to reproduce quantitatively all important physical processes controlling this configuration. Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) employing detailed physical models are best suited for this purpose, but lead to considerable requirements in terms of computing time. Due to these very high computational costs, first studies considered only two-dimensional flows. It is then questionable how general the obtained results can be for real turbulence. Therefore, the investigations have been later on extended to three-dimensional flows. A dedicated compressible DNS code has been developed for this purpose. For all DNS computations the developed Rayleigh's criterion then allows to quantify amplification or damping and to examine the reason for it. Strong focusing effects, highly local amplification and damping phenomena are observed. The influence of individual reactions and species on the damping process can also be quantified in this manner.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-05-01

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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