Modeling diesel combustion with tabulated kinetics and different flame structure assumptions based on flamelet approach

Tommaso Lucchini (Corresponding author), Daniel Pontoni, Gianluca D’Errico, Bart Somers

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Computational fluid dynamics analysis represents a useful approach to design and develop new engine concepts and investigate advanced combustion modes. Large chemical mechanisms are required for a correct description of the combustion process, especially for the prediction of pollutant emissions. Tabulated chemistry models allow to reduce significantly the computational cost, maintaining a good accuracy. In the present work, an investigation of tabulated approaches, based on flamelet assumptions, is carried out to simulate turbulent Diesel combustion in the Spray A framework. The Approximated Diffusion Flamelet is tested under different ambient conditions and compared with Flamelet Generated Manifold, and both models are validated with Engine Combustion Network experimental data. Flame structure, combustion process and soot formation were analyzed in this work. Computed results confirm the impact of the turbulent–chemistry interaction on the ignition event. Therefore, a new look-up table concept Five-Dimensional-Flamelet Generated Manifold, that accounts for an additional dimension (strain rate), has been developed and tested, giving promising results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-100
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Engine Research
Issue number1
Early online date16 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020



  • Approximated Diffusion Flamelet
  • combustion modeling
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • diesel
  • Five-Dimensional-Flamelet Generated Manifold
  • Flamelet Generated Manifold
  • Spray A

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