Radiating effect of participating media in a flameless industrial reactor


  • G Cammarata
  • G Petrone




A 3D multi-physical numerical model concerning fluid-dynamical and thermo-chemical behaviour of a flameless reactor is presented in this communication. The analysed industrial device exploits a recent combustion technique that seems to largely hinder thermal NOx formation. Modelling and computations are carried-out by using a multi-physical FEM commercial software. The swirling jet used for combustive injection is firstly analysed, then the entire reactor volume is considered for simulations. The fluid-dynamics of the process is based on a k-ε turbulence model, coupled with four diffusion-transport equations whose the first one characterises the temperature, while the remaining three are related to the concentrations of the chemical species involving in the process. In order to consider the radiating effects of participating media inside the combustion chamber, the Rosseland approximation is invoked in solving the energy equation. Results principally highlight the occurrence of a Reverse Flow Zone closed to the inlet section of the swirling injection system and a flat temperature profile characterising thermal distribution throughout the control volume of the reactor. These findings are in good agreement with experimental data concerning similar operating devices.


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How to Cite

Cammarata, G. and Petrone, G. (2007) “Radiating effect of participating media in a flameless industrial reactor”, The International Journal of Multiphysics, 1(4), pp. 393-406. doi: 10.1260/175095407783419352.