Modeling of Conjugate Heat Transfer in a Kerosene/Air Spray Flame used for Aeronautical Fire Resistance Tests

  • L. Boulet
  • P. Bénard
  • G. Lartigue
  • V. Moureau
  • S. Didorally
  • N. Chauvet
  • F. Duchaine


Airworthiness standards require a fire resistance demonstration for aircraft or helicopter engines to obtain a type certificate. This demonstration relies on tests performed with prototype engine parts in the late stages of the development. In hardest tests, a kerosene standardized flame with imposed burnt gas temperature and heat flux is placed next to the engine casing during a given time. The aim of this work is to provide a better characterization of a kerosene/air certification burner in order to reach a better understanding of the thermal environment during fire tests. To this purpose, Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) of the certification burner is carried out. Spray combustion, forced convection on walls and conduction in the solid parts of the burner are coupled to achieve a detailed description of heat transfer. In a first place, physical aspects involved inside the burner in an adiabatic case are described. Then, differences that exist with a conjugate convective and conductive heat transfer case are analyzed. To a larger extent, the aim is to have a better characterization of the flow impinging the casing and to progress on fire test modeling so as to minimize the risks of test failure.


Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) Conjugate Heat Transfer (CHT) Lagrangian particles Turbulent combustion Kerosene-Air certification burner Fire resistance test 



This work was granted access to the HPC resources from CINES (Centre Informatique National de l’Enseignement Superieur), from IDRIS (Institut du Developpement et des Ressources en Informatique Scientifique) and from TGCC-CEA under the allocations x20172b6880 made by GENCI (Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif). It was also granted CPU time by CRIANN under the allocation 2012006.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CORIA, CNRS UMR 6614Normandie Université, INSA and University of RouenSaint-Étienne-du-RouvrayFrance
  2. 2.SAFRAN Aircraft Engines VillarocheRond Point René RavaudRéauFrance
  3. 3.SAFRAN Helicopter EnginesBordesFrance
  4. 4.CERFACSCedex 01France

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