Numerical investigation of a flame response to the fuel concentration oscillation in Stagnating laminar premixed methane/air flames

Mohd Rosdzimim Abdul Rahman, Takeshi Yokomori, Toshihisa Ueda

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)


Responses of the premixed methane/air mixture flames under equivalence ratio oscillations were numerically investigated assuming axi-symmetric stagnation flow fields. The flame motion was numerically investigated at three different oscillation frequencies (10, 20 and 50 Hz) and with three oscillation cases namely: lean case, rich case and lean rich crossover case. Methane/air mixture with equivalence ratio oscillation was issued from the burner exit with 1.0 m/s uniform velocity profile. The effects of frequency and amplitude of the equivalence ratio oscillation were discussed. The amplitude of the equivalence ratio oscillation is attenuated between the burner exit and the upstream edge of the preheat zone. The attenuation is much significant for higher frequency. The amplitude of the flame temperature oscillation attenuates following the attenuation of the equivalence ratio oscillation. The flame location makes the closed cycle around the flame location of correspond equivalence ratio in the steady state condition. The formation of the cycle can be explained by the back support effect. It was further demonstrated that, the back support effect influences the dynamic response of the flame location, in that, the direction of the cycles of the dynamic response in the lean case and the rich case are different. Furthermore, the time variation of the flame location plays a significant effect to the flame displacement speed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-30
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Thermal Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 20



  • Flame response
  • Fuel concentration oscillation
  • Methane/air premixed flames
  • Numerical analysis
  • Stagnation laminar flame

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

Cite this