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VARIATION OF TURBULENT BURNING RATE OF METHANE, METHANOL, AND ISO-OCTANE AIR MIXTURES WITH EQUIVALENCE RATIO AT ELEVATED PRESSURE

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Turbulent burning velocities for premixed methane, methanol, and iso-octane/air mixtures have been experimentally determined for an rms turbulent velocity of 2 m/s and pressure of 0.5 MPa for a wide range of equivalence ratios. Turbulent burning velocity data were derived using high-speed schlieren photography and transient pressure recording; measurements were processed to yield a turbulent mass rate burning velocity, u tr . The consistency between the values derived using the two techniques, for all fuels for both fuel-lean and fuel-rich mixtures, was good. Laminar burning measurements were made at the same pressure, temperature, and equivalence ratios as the turbulent cases and laminar burning velocities and Markstein numbers were determined. The equivalence ratio (?) for peak turbulent burning velocity proved not always coincident with that for laminar burning velocity for the same fuel; for iso-octane, the turbulent burning velocity unexpectedly remained high over the range ? = 1 to 2. The ratio of turbulent to laminar burning velocity proved remarkably high for very rich iso-octane/air and lean methane/air mixtures.
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Keywords: Markstein number; equivalence ratio; laminar burning velocity; premixed turbulent combustion; turbulent burning velocity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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