Inertial Particles in a Turbulent Premixed Bunsen Flame

  • F. BattistaEmail author
  • F. Picano
  • G. Troiani
  • C. M. Casciola
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Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 141)


Many fields of engineering and physics are characterized by reacting flows seeded with particles of different inertia and dimensions, e.g. solid-propellant rockets, reciprocating engines where carbon particles form due to combustion, vulcano eruptions. Particles are also used as velocity transducers in Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) of turbulent flames. The effects of combustion on inertial particle dynamics is still poorly understood, despite its relevance for its effects on particle collisions and coalescence, phenomena which have a large influence in soot formation and growth [1]. As a matter of fact, the flame front induces abrupt accelerations of the fluid in a very thin region which particles follow with different lags depending on their inertia. This phenomenon has a large impact on the particle spatial arrangement. The issuing clustering is here analyzed by a DNS of Bunsen turbulent flame coupled with particle Lagrangian tracking with the aim of evaluating the effect of inertia on particle spatial localization in combustion applications. The Eulerian algorith is based on Low-Mach number expansion of Navier-Stokes equations that allow arbitrary density variations neglecting acoustics waves, for detail see [4].


Particle Image Velocimetry Soot Formation Inertial Particle Turbulent Flame Cluster Index 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Battista
    • 1
    Email author
  • F. Picano
    • 1
  • G. Troiani
    • 2
  • C. M. Casciola
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Meccanica e AeronauticaUniversità SapienzaRomeItaly
  2. 2.ENEA C.R. CasacciaRomaItaly

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