Numerical investigation on the performance of bluff body augmented micro cavity-combustor

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4932-4945
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number7
Online published1 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2020


Bluff body augmented micro-cavity combustors are proposed in this study to enhance the combustion efficiency under high inlet velocities. The original and two types of bluff body supplemented micro cavity combustors, namely CAVITY, TRIANGLE, and FIN combustors are numerically investigated. The results show that the combustion efficiency (ηc) of bluff body augmented combustors are higher than that of the CAVITY combustor, and the largest increment of 10.8% is obtained in the FIN combustor. The underlying mechanisms for the improvement in ηc of the FIN and TRIANGLE combustors have been analyzed. It is demonstrated that the altered flow field structures and transvers reactant transport induced by the bluff body play dominant roles. Moreover, the local Damköhler number (DaL) is introduced, which is defined as the ratio of the local hydrogen reaction rate and the convective mass transport rate. The variation of ηc along the streamwise direction in the proposed combustors is determined by the value of DaL.

Research Area(s)

  • Bluff body, Cavity, Combustion efficiency, Local Damköhler number, Micro combustor