Enhancement of flame development by microwave-assisted spark ignition in constant volume combustion chamber

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/598191
Title:
Enhancement of flame development by microwave-assisted spark ignition in constant volume combustion chamber
Authors:
Wolk, Benjamin; DeFilippo, Anthony; Chen, Jyh-Yuan; Dibble, Robert; Nishiyama, Atsushi; Ikeda, Yuji
Abstract:
The enhancement of laminar flame development using microwave-assisted spark ignition has been investigated for methane-air mixtures at a range of initial pressures and equivalence ratios in a 1.45. l constant volume combustion chamber. Microwave enhancement was evaluated on the basis of several parameters including flame development time (FDT) (time for 0-10% of total net heat release), flame rise time (FRT) (time for 10-90% of total net heat release), total net heat release, flame kernel growth rate, flame kernel size, and ignitability limit extension. Compared to a capacitive discharge spark, microwave-assisted spark ignition extended the lean and rich ignition limits at all pressures investigated (1.08-7.22. bar). The addition of microwaves to a capacitive discharge spark reduced FDT and increased the flame kernel size for all equivalence ratios tested and resulted in increases in the spatial flame speed for sufficiently lean flames. Flame enhancement is believed to be caused by (1) a non-thermal chemical kinetic enhancement from energy deposition to free electrons in the flame front and (2) induced flame wrinkling from excitation of flame (plasma) instability. The enhancement of flame development by microwaves diminishes as the initial pressure of the mixture increases, with negligible flame enhancement observed above 3. bar. © 2013 The Combustion Institute.
Citation:
Wolk B, DeFilippo A, Chen J-Y, Dibble R, Nishiyama A, et al. (2013) Enhancement of flame development by microwave-assisted spark ignition in constant volume combustion chamber. Combustion and Flame 160: 1225–1234. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2013.02.004.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Combustion and Flame
KAUST Grant Number:
025478
Issue Date:
Jul-2013
DOI:
10.1016/j.combustflame.2013.02.004
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0010-2180
Sponsors:
This research at the University of California, Berkeley was partially supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Cooperative Agreement No. 025478 entitled, "Electromagnetically Enhanced Combustion: Electric Flames". Data collection efforts were assisted by David Vuilleumier, Jeff Young, and Ruben Maldonado.
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dc.contributor.authorWolk, Benjaminen
dc.contributor.authorDeFilippo, Anthonyen
dc.contributor.authorChen, Jyh-Yuanen
dc.contributor.authorDibble, Roberten
dc.contributor.authorNishiyama, Atsushien
dc.contributor.authorIkeda, Yujien
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T13:14:24Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T13:14:24Zen
dc.date.issued2013-07en
dc.identifier.citationWolk B, DeFilippo A, Chen J-Y, Dibble R, Nishiyama A, et al. (2013) Enhancement of flame development by microwave-assisted spark ignition in constant volume combustion chamber. Combustion and Flame 160: 1225–1234. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2013.02.004.en
dc.identifier.issn0010-2180en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.combustflame.2013.02.004en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/598191en
dc.description.abstractThe enhancement of laminar flame development using microwave-assisted spark ignition has been investigated for methane-air mixtures at a range of initial pressures and equivalence ratios in a 1.45. l constant volume combustion chamber. Microwave enhancement was evaluated on the basis of several parameters including flame development time (FDT) (time for 0-10% of total net heat release), flame rise time (FRT) (time for 10-90% of total net heat release), total net heat release, flame kernel growth rate, flame kernel size, and ignitability limit extension. Compared to a capacitive discharge spark, microwave-assisted spark ignition extended the lean and rich ignition limits at all pressures investigated (1.08-7.22. bar). The addition of microwaves to a capacitive discharge spark reduced FDT and increased the flame kernel size for all equivalence ratios tested and resulted in increases in the spatial flame speed for sufficiently lean flames. Flame enhancement is believed to be caused by (1) a non-thermal chemical kinetic enhancement from energy deposition to free electrons in the flame front and (2) induced flame wrinkling from excitation of flame (plasma) instability. The enhancement of flame development by microwaves diminishes as the initial pressure of the mixture increases, with negligible flame enhancement observed above 3. bar. © 2013 The Combustion Institute.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research at the University of California, Berkeley was partially supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Cooperative Agreement No. 025478 entitled, "Electromagnetically Enhanced Combustion: Electric Flames". Data collection efforts were assisted by David Vuilleumier, Jeff Young, and Ruben Maldonado.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.subjectIgnitionen
dc.subjectInstabilityen
dc.subjectMicrowaveen
dc.subjectPlasmaen
dc.subjectSpark plugen
dc.titleEnhancement of flame development by microwave-assisted spark ignition in constant volume combustion chamberen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalCombustion and Flameen
dc.contributor.institutionUC Berkeley, Berkeley, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionImagineering, Inc., Kobe, Japanen
kaust.grant.number025478en
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