Title: Flame Propagation through Ultra-Lean Hydrogen-Air Mixture under Terrestrial Gravity Conditions // Proceedings of the Ninth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards. Vol. 2: 21-26 April 2019, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Creators: Yakovenko I.; Kiverin A.; Melnikova K.
Organization: Joint Institute for High Temperatures of Russian Academy of Sciences
Imprint: Saint Petersburg, 2019
Collection: Общая коллекция
Document type: Article, report
File type: PDF
Language: English
DOI: 10.18720/SPBPU/2/k19-140
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The paper is devoted to the study of peculiarities of flame dynamics in ultra-lean hydrogen-air mixtures in terrestrial gravity conditions. By means of numerical methods, it is shown that gas-dynamical flows, which develop due to buoyancy force exerted on hot combustion products, play a crucial role on the overall ultra-lean flame dynamics from the earliest stage after ignition and up to large-scale motion of the developed flame. Immediately after ignition convective flows determine the flame kernel stability. It is shown that despite the superadiabatic temperature of the flame products that is considered as one of the main stability factors of the ultra-lean flames in microgravity conditions the influence of convective flows on the ultra-lean flames in terrestrial gravity conditions can alter flammability limits from that measured in microgravity. On the other hand, the propagation dynamics of the stable flame kernels is also mainly determined by the buoyancy forces. Rising velocity of the flame kernel in the ultra-lean mixture occurs to be much greater than burning velocity and correlates well with estimations obtained for the bubble rising in liquid. Apart from the upward rising, the developed flame is shown to be expanding laterally so the complex large-scale flame structure is observed which could be a possible hazard of explosion and fire for many industrial environments.

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