Quantitative visualization of the structure of swirl burner flows

Wu Chi Ho, Chian Hsian Chen, Shyh Ching Yang, Yei Chin Chao

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The quantitative visualization of swirl burner flows is performed in the present study. A two-dimensional digital laser sheet image processing technique is employed to enhance the qualitative flow visualization images and to obtain quantitative results of the flows. The calibration of the errors due to the distortion of the camera and the nonuniformity of the laser sheet is made. The unsteady characteristics of the jet mixing behavior in the swirling flow can clearly be analyzed from the sequential instantaneous images. In the central fuel jet in weak swirling flow cases, the CTRZ can not be generated. However, because of the effect of the centrifugal force, the jet spread angle in swirling flow is larger than that in nonswirling flow. It is found in the central fuel jet in strong swirling flow cases that the presence of the stagnation region of the recirculation zone has the dominant effect on the jet mixing in the swirling flow. As the axial velocity ratio of the central jet over the annular air is equal to 4.75, the vortex breakdown of the swirling flow will not happen because of the large momentum of the central jet. Better mixing between the jet(s) and the swirling flow can be obtained in the annular fuel jet cases as compared with the central fuel jet cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperimental and Numerical Flow Visualization
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0791808742
Publication statusPublished - 1991
EventWinter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Atlanta, GA, USA
Duration: 1991 Dec 11991 Dec 6

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fluids Engineering Division (Publication) FED


OtherWinter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
CityAtlanta, GA, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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