Computing supersonic non-premixed turbulent combustion by an SMLD flamelet progress variable model

A. Coclite, L. Cutrone, M. Gurtner, P. De Palma, O. J. Haidn, G. Pascazio

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This paper presents a statistically more likely distribution (SMLD) approach for the evaluation of the presumed probability density function (PDF) in flamelet progress variable (FPV) models for non-premixed supersonic combustion. The numerical simulation of the NASA Langley Research Center supersonic H2-Air combustion chamber is performed using two approaches: the first one is a standard FPV model, built presuming the functional shape of the PDFs of the mixture fraction, Z, and of the progress parameter, Λ; the second approach employs the SMLD technique to presume the joint PDF of Z and Λ. The standard and FPV-SMLD models have been developed using the low Mach number assumption. In both cases, the temperature is evaluated by solving the total-energy conservation equation, providing a more suitable approach for the simulation of supersonic combustion. By comparison with experimental data, the proposed SMLD model is shown to provide a clear improvement with respect to the standard FPV model, especially in the auto-ignition and stabilization regions of the flame.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-646
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 5 Jan 2016


  • Hydrogen-air combustion
  • Joint presumed PDF modelling
  • Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations


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