Reactive scalar field near the turbulent/non-turbulent interface in a planar jet with a second-order chemical reaction

T. Watanabe, Y. Sakai, K. Nagata, Y. Ito, T. Hayase

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Abstract

The reactive scalar field near the turbulent/non-turbulent (T/NT) interface is analyzed using a direct numerical simulation (DNS) of a planar jet with an isothermal second-order chemical reaction A + B → P. Reactants A and B are supplied from the jet and ambient flows, respectively. The DNS of the reactive jet is performed for Damköhler numbers Da = 0.1, 1, and 10. A visualization of the T/NT interface shows that most of the product P is contained in the turbulent region. The conditional mean concentrations of the reactive species change sharply near the T/NT interface. The width of the jump in the conditional mean concentration is almost independent of the chemical species and the Damköhler number. For the slow reaction (Da = 0.1), the conditional average of the chemical production rate gradually increases from the non-turbulent region toward the turbulent region. In contrast, the conditional average of the production rate for Da = 1 and 10 has a large peak value slightly inside the T/NT interface. The chemical reaction near the T/NT interface strongly depends on the interface orientation. The reactant A is deficient near the T/NT interface. The production rate is large near the interface toward which the deficient reactant A is frequently transported by the velocity fields. The transport due to the velocity relative to the interface movement strongly depends on the relationship between the interface geometry and the mean flow field. The dependence of the chemical reaction on the interface orientation becomes strong as Da increases. When the interface propagates toward the non-turbulent region, the reactant A and product P are contained in the turbulent region although the molecular diffusion and reaction contribute to the increase in the concentrations of A (non-reactive case) and P in the non-turbulent region. In contrast, the interface propagation toward the turbulent region leaves the fluids containing A and P in the non-turbulent region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105111
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Volume26
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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