Large-eddy simulation of autoignition-dominated supersonic combustion

Graham V. Candler, Niccolo Cymbalist, Paul E. Dimotakis

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The simulation of low-speed combustion flows is well established. However, at highspeed conditions where radical formation and ignition delay are important, there is much less experience with turbulent combustion modeling. In the present work, a novel evolution variable manifold (EVM) approach of Cymbalist and Dimotakis1,2 is implemented in a production CFD code and preliminary RANS and large-eddy simulations are computed for a hydrogen combustion test case. The EVM approach solves a scalar conservation equation for the induction time to represent ignition delay. The state of the combustion products is tabulated as a function of density, energy, mixture fraction, and the evolution variable. A thermodynamically-consistent numerical flux function is developed and the approach for coupling the EVM table to CFD is discussed. Initial simulations show that the EVM approach produces good agreement with full chemical kinetics model simulations. Work remains to be done to improve the numerical stability, extend the grid, and increase the order of accuracy of the simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103629
StatePublished - 2015
Event45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2015 - Dallas, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2015Jun 26 2015

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Name45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference


Other45th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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