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Physics-based Computationally Efficient Spray Combustion Models for LES of Multiphase Reacting Flows

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0177
Agency Tracking Number: N17A-002-0079
Amount: $999,270.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N17A-T002
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-10-12
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Principal Investigator
 Ranjan Mehta
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Business Contact
 Tanu Singhal
Phone: (256) 726-4800
Research Institution
 Stanford University
 Michala Welch Michala Welch
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One important challenge for the reliable prediction of liquid fuel effects on the combustion in aviation combustors and augmentors is the accurate modeling of underlying physical processes, involving the evaporation of fuels, preferential vaporization, scalar mixing and ignition. LES methodologies are required to accurately capture these transient and inherently unsteady combustion processes. In this STTR effort, the team of CFDRC and Stanford University propose to develop physics-based computationally efficient models for multiphase combustion. The models will incorporate most of the key physics of spray atomization that controls the combustion phenomena post injection. In Phase I, a mixture-fraction based combustion model was demonstrated for Navy-relevant aviation fuels. The key shortcomings of the models were identified by comparison with appropriate DNS data and available experiments. In Phase II the spray combustion models will be advanced to include other key physical processes such as interaction with turbulence, preferential evaporation, and the coupling with other CFD codes. At the end of Phase II a well-validated multiphase combustion model will be available to the Navy and its contractors.

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