Investigation of Swirl Stabilized CH4 Air Flame with Varied Hydrogen Content by using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to Study the Temperature Field and Flame Shape

  • A. Bouziane Faculty of Technology, University of Djillali Liabes, Algeria
  • A. Alami Renewable Energies Department, Saad Dahlab Blida University 1, Algeria
  • M. Zaitri Laboratory of Gas Combustion and Environment, University of Sciences and Technology of Oran, Algeria
  • B. Bouchame Laboratory of Mechanics of Structures and Solids (LMSS), Faculty of Technology University of Djillali Liabes, Algeria
  • M. Bouchetara Laboratory of Gas Combustion and Environment, University of Sciences and Technology of Oran, Algeria

Abstract

In the current paper, numerical simulations of the combustion of turbulent CH4-H2 are presented employing the standard k-epsilon and the RNG k-epsilon for turbulence closure. The Fr-ED concept is carried out to account for chemistry/ turbulence interaction. The hydrogen content is varied in the fuel stream from 0% to 100%. The numerical solutions are validated by comparison with corresponding experimental data from the Combustion Laboratory of the University of Milan. The flow is directed radially outward. This method of fuel injection has been already been explored experimentally. The results show that the structure of the flame is described reasonably and both standard k-ɛ and RNG k- ɛ models can predict the flame shape. The general aspect of the temperature profiles is well predicted. The temperature profiles are indicating a different trend between CH4 and CH4/H2 fuel mixtures.

Keywords: RNG k-epsilon, swirl, hydrogen, CFD, CH4

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