Flame propagation in Poiseuille flow under adiabatic conditions

J. Daou, M. Matalon

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We describe flame propagation in a channel subject to a Poiseuille flow, within the thermo-diffusive approximation and an adiabatic context. The two-dimensional flame fronts addressed may be either assisted or opposed by the flow. The problem is characterized by two parameters, the intensity of the flow u0 and the spatial scale ε. The total burning rate and the propagation speed are determined in terms of u0 and ε and different distinguished regimes are described. From the results, simple criteria for flame flashback in channels are identified. Conclusions concerning the long-term evolution of an ignition kernel in the present flow are also drawn. The results may also be useful in interpreting similar features encountered in more complicated flow situations. For example, the quadratic dependence of the burning rate on u0 for weak flow intensities, and linear dependence for larger u0, is similar to that of the turbulent flame speed when the latter is considered as a function of the velocity fluctuations or turbulence intensity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-349
Number of pages13
JournalCombustion and Flame
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 30 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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