Scaling of reaction progress variable variance in ighly turbulent reaction waves
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2021

Self-propagation of a reaction wave, which consists of an infinitely thin reaction zone (front) and a thick inert mixing layer adjacent to the front, in constant-density statistically stationary, homogeneous isotropic turbulence unaffected by the wave is analytically studied. In the asymptotic case of high turbulent Reynolds number, high Karlovitz number, and low Damköhler number Da, the scalar variance is shown to be proportional to Da for the statistically stationary stage of the wave evolution. This scaling is supported by newly analyzed DNS data discussed in detail by Sabelnikov et al. (2019). The obtained analytical results also show that, under conditions of the present study, spatial gradients of reactant concentration non-uniformities due to the reaction and spatial gradients of reactant concentration non-uniformities due to the turbulence are of the same order of magnitude. Accordingly, major statistical characteristics of the scalar field c(x,t), such as the mean area of an iso-scalar surface c(x,t)=const, the mean molecular flux through this surface, etc., can be found adopting results known in the theory of inert and passive turbulent mixing. Nevertheless, the reaction indirectly affects these characteristics by controlling the mean thickness of the reaction wave and, consequently, the spatial gradient of the mean reaction progress variable.

turbulent reaction wave

turbulent mixing

scalar variance

Damköhler number

premixed combustion


Vladimir Sabelnikov

ONERA Centre de Palaiseau

Andrei Lipatnikov

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Förbränning och framdrivningssystem, Förbränning och sprejer

Physics of Fluids

1070-6631 (ISSN) 1089-7666 (eISSN)

Vol. 33 8 1-7 085103


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Strömningsmekanik och akustik



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