Subgrid scale modeling in large-Eddy simulation of turbulent combustion using premixed fdlamelet chemistry

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Large-eddy simulation (LES) of turbulent combustion with premixed flamelets is investigated in this paper. The approach solves the filtered Navier-Stokes equations supplemented with two transport equations, one for the mixture fraction and another for a progress variable. The LES premixed flamelet approach is tested for two flows: a premixed preheated Bunsen flame and a partially premixed diffusion flame (Sandia Flame D). In the first case, we compare the LES with a direct numerical simulation (DNS). Four non-trivial models for the chemical source term are considered for the Bunsen flame: the standard presumed beta-pdf model, and three new propositions (simpler than the beta-pdf model): the filtered flamelet model, the shift-filter model and the shift-inversion model. A priori and a posteriori tests are performed for these subgrid reaction models. In the present preheated Bunsen flame, the filtered flamelet model gives the best results in a priori tests. The LES tests for the Bunsen flame are limited to a case in which the filter width is only slightly larger than the flame thickness. According to the a posteriori tests the three models (beta-pdf, filtered flamelet and shift-inversion) show more or less the same results as the trivial model, in which subgrid reaction effects are ignored, while the shift-filter model leads to worse results. Since LES needs to resolve the large turbulent eddies, the LES filter width is bounded by a maximum. For the present Bunsen flame this means that the filter width should be of the order of the flame thickness or smaller. In this regime, the effects of subgrid reaction and subgrid flame wrinkling turn out to be quite modest. The LES-results of the second case (Sandia Flame D) are compared to experimental data. Satisfactory agreement is obtained for the main species. Comparison is made between different eddy-viscosity models for the subgrid turbulence, and the Smagorinsky eddy-viscosity is found to give worse results than eddy-viscosities that are not dominated by the mean shear.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-535
JournalFlow, Turbulence and Combustion
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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