Abstract

A practical method to assess quantitatively the uniformity of fuel/air mixing is essential for research and development of advanced low-emission combustion systems. A non-uniformity factor, based on the fuel/air equivalence ratio, is proposed and demonstrated in a simple methane/air venturi mixer. It has two advantages over the unmixedness parameter and uniformity index approaches: it is correlated with the fuel/air mixture combustion property, and the maximum temperature deviation from the designed value caused by fuel/air non-uniformity can be estimated. Because of these, it can be used as a criterion to check fuel/air mixing quality, or as a target for fuel/air mixer design with acceptable maximum temperature deviation.

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