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Autoignition and Front Propagation in Low Temperature Combustion Engine Environments

Autoignition and Front Propagation in Low Temperature Combustion Engine Environments
G.
Bansal and H. G. Im
Combustion and Flame, 158, 2105-2112, (2011)
G. Bansal, H. G. Im
Low temperature combustion engines, Thermal and compositional stratification, Autoignition, Direct numerical simulation
2011
In this paper, we computationally investigate the fundamental aspects of autoignition and subsequent combustion phenomena in low temperature combustion (LTC) engine environments using direct numerical simulations (DNS). In particular, the effects of thermal and equivalence ratio stratification on the autoignition and subsequent front propagation in high pressure and stratified hydrogen-air turbulent mixtures are studied using detailed chemistry. Depending on fuel injection timing, exhaust gas recirculation, and wall heat loss, different correlations between temperature (T) – equivalence ratio (ϕ) fields can exist prior to the major heat release event. Here, we investigate three cases with different initial Tϕ correlations: (A) a baseline case of a uniform composition with temperature inhomogeneities only, (B) uncorrelated Tϕ fields, and (C) negatively-correlated Tϕ fields. Numerical diagnostics are developed based on an appropriately defined Damköhler number to distinguish different modes of heat release. It is found that the majority of heat release in the baseline case and the uncorrelated case occurs during the front propagation in the form of both spontaneous ignition fronts as well as deflagration waves, whereas the negatively correlated case ignites predominantly homogeneously.