Direct numerical simulation of reacting flows
Abstract
The objectives of this work are: (1) to extend the technique of direct numerical simulations to turbulent, chemically reacting flows, (2) to test the validity of the method by comparing computational results with laboratory data, and (3) to use the simulations to gain a better understanding of the effects of turbulence on chemical reactions. The effects of both the large scale structure and the smaller scale turbulence on the overall reaction rates are addressed. The relationship between infinite reaction rate and finite reaction rate chemistry is compared with some of the results of calculations with existing theories and laboratory data. The direct numerical simulation method involves the numerical solution of the detailed evolution of the complex turbulent velocity and concentration fields. Using very efficient numerical methods (e.g., pseudospectral methods), the fully nonlinear (possibly low pass filtered) equations of motion are solved and no closure assumptions or turbulence models are used. Statistical data are obtained by performing spatial, temporal, and/or ensemble averages over the computed flow fields.
 Publication:

Combustion Fundamentals Research
 Pub Date:
 April 1984
 Bibcode:
 1984cfr..nasa..199R
 Keywords:

 Chemical Reactions;
 Computerized Simulation;
 Flow Distribution;
 Turbulent Flow;
 Accuracy;
 Computer Programs;
 Mathematical Models;
 Mixing;
 Predictions;
 Turbulence Models;
 Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer