Instantaneous Velocity and Temperature Measurements in Oscillating Diffusion Flames

D. F. G. Durao, J. H. Whitelaw
1974 Proceedings of the Royal Society A  
Measurements of instantaneous velocity, instantaneous temperature, and the corresponding mean and r.m.s. values, obtained in a range of diffusion flames, are presented. The velocity measurements were obtained with a laser anemometer and the tem perature measurements with a therm o couple. The flames were formed by burning methane, town gas and hydrogen a t the exit from burner tubes of external diameters 15.0, 9.2, 6.3 and 3.2mm; the corresponding inside diameters were 13.0, 5.1, 5.1 and 2.5
more » ... 5.1, 5.1 and 2.5 mm. The mean velocity of the gas a t exit from the tube ranged from 0.6 to 5.3 m/s. All flames exhibited discrete frequencies in the vicinity of 11 Hz. The instantaneous velocity and temperature signals were close to sinusoidal, except in the vicinity of the reaction zone where double frequencies and spiky signals were observed. The r . m . s. temperature distributions exhibited minima in the region of the maximum values of mean tem perature; the r.m.s. velocity distributions were similar in form bu t the location of the minimum occurred downstream of the corresponding r.m.s. tem perature minimum. The minimum in the r.m.s. velocity and tem perature dis tributions were consistant with the observed frequency doubling and stem med from the need for the frequency to increase to allow an increase in mean temperature in regions where the instantaneous tem perature had attained its adiabatic flame value. A flame model is postulated and shown to represent the many observed features of the oscillating flames. I t appears th a t the oscillations stem from aerodynamic instabilities associated with inflexion points in the local, instantaneous velocity dis tributions.
doi:10.1098/rspa.1974.0098 fatcat:mw4vjthjbbbrtc7d5pdhhbrqhy