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Temperature Regions of Optimal Chemical Inhibition of Premixed Flames.

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Rumminger, M. D.; Babushok, V. I.; Linteris, G. T.

Combustion Institute, Symposium (International) on Combustion, 29th. Volume 29. Part 1. Proceedings. July 21-26, 2002, Sapporo, Japan, Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, Chen, J. H.; Colket, M. D., Editor(s)(s), 329-336 pp, 2002.


premixed flames; chemical inhibition; temperature; flame models; flame speed; flame inhibition


Chemically active fire suppressants may, due to their properties Or the means by which they are added to flames, have strong inhibition effects in particular locations in a flame. To study the spatial effects of chemically active inhibitors, numerical experiments are conducted in which the rates of reactions of model inhibitors are varied in spatial regions defined by temperature. The influence of three types of spatial regions are investigated, those with the inhibitor (1) active only within a narrow temperature band (off- on-off), (2) active below a cutoff temperature (on-of!), and (3) active above a (:utoff temperature (off-on). The effect of several localized chemical perturbations on the burning velocity are studied, including the variation of the H + O2 <-> OH + 0 or the CO + OH <-> CO2 + H reaction rate and catalytic scavenging of radicals by an idealized perfect inhibitor or by CF 3Br (halon 1301). The results indicate that the flame speed is reduced most when the perturbation location corresponds to the regions of maximum radical volume fraction or maximum chain-branching reaction rates. Each of the chemical perturbations has a negligible effect below 1200 K. Calculations for CF 3Br-inhibited flames indicate a temperature of maxi- mum influence that is higher than previous suggestions for Br-based inhibitors. Calculations for flames with the H + O2 rate perturbed or with addition of the perfect inhibitor indicate that the important region for flame inhibition in lean, rich, and stoichiometric flames corresponds to the position of the peak H-atom volume fraction. The results of this work demonstrate that the burning velocity is sensitive to inhibition over a relatively small spatial region of the flame. Simulations with stepwise activation and deactivation of an inhibitor show that the effect of the inhibitor is small when the activation or deactivation temperature is below 1700 K.