Measurements and LES calculations of turbulent premixed flame propagation past repeated obstacles

Measurements and large eddy simulations (LES) have been carried out for a turbulent premixed flame propagating past solid obstacles in a laboratory scale combustion chamber. The mixture used is a stoichiometric propane/air mixture, ignited from rest. A wide range of flow configurations are studied. The configurations vary in terms of the number and position of the built-in solid obstructions. The main aim of the present study is two folded. First, to validate a newly developed dynamic flame surface density (DFSD) model over a wide range of flow conditions. Second, to provide repeatable measurements of the flow and combustion in a well-controlled combustion chamber. A total of four groups are derived for qualitative and quantitative comparisons between predicted results and experimental measurements. The concept of groups offers better understanding of the flame-flow interactions and the impact of number and position of the solid baffle plates with respect to the ignition source. Results are presented and discussed for the flame structure, position, speed and accelerations at different times after ignitions. The pressure-time histories are also presented together with the regimes of combustion for all flow configurations during the course of flame propagation.