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Sub-grid reaction progress variable variance closure in turbulent premixed flames

Lookup NU author(s): Felix Keil, Dr Markus Klein, Professor Nilanjan ChakrabortyORCiD



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The statistical behaviour and modelling of the sub-grid variance of reaction progress variable have been analysed based on a priori analysis of Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) data of freely propagating statistically planar turbulent premixed flames with different turbulence intensities. It has been found that an algebraic expression, which can be derived based on a presumed bi-modal sub-grid distribution of reaction progress variable with impulses at unburned reactants and fully burned products, is inadequate for the purpose of prediction of sub-grid variance. An algebraic model, which is often used for modelling sub-grid variance of passive scalars, has been found to significantly overpredict the sub-grid variance of reaction progress variable for the cases considered here. The statistical behaviours of the terms of the sub-grid variance have been analysed in detail and explained based on scaling arguments. It has been found that reaction rate and molecular dissipation contributions play leading order roles in the transport of sub-grid reaction progress variable variance and they remain in approximate equilibrium for large filter widths. Suitable model expressions have been identified for the sub-grid flux of variance, reaction rate contribution and scalar dissipation rate based on a priori analysis of DNS data.

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Author(s): Keil FB, Klein M, Chakraborty M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Flow, Turbulence and Combustion

Year: 2021

Volume: 106

Pages: 1195-1212

Print publication date: 01/04/2021

Online publication date: 16/03/2020

Acceptance date: 10/03/2020

Date deposited: 08/03/2020

ISSN (print): 1386-6184

ISSN (electronic): 1573-1987

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1007/s10494-020-00121-5


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