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ERCOFTAC: Flame Stabilisation for Industrial Burners
The aim of this two day course is to provide:- a)An overview of burner types and stabilisation methods b)Underlying design principles and resulting scaling rules c)Perspective on power, heat flux and emissions in power generation, petrochemical and metallurgical heating processes d)Understanding of turbulence chemistry interaction, with a view to RANS , LES and DNS Experimental techniques e)Round table discussion
Date: September 26, 2011 - September 27, 2011
Location: GE Global Research, Munich, BAVARIA, Germany
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Organizer: Dr. Richard E. Seoud
Special Fields: Turbulence Modeling, Combustion, Reactive Flows, Multiphase Flows, Instabilities and Flow Control
Type of Event: Course, International

The objective of this 2-day course is to bring the 
participants to the forefront of modern insights on flame 
stabilization in industrial burners. Creation of a stable 
flame always has been one of the design requirements of 
burners in e.g. furnaces and gas turbines. But the aim to 
reduce emissions by burning in extremely lean conditions or 
by exploiting unconventional mixing scenarios has brought 
the topic of flame stabilization high on the list of 
challenges in burner design and operation. In this course 
first an overview of burner types and flame stabilization 
methods is given, with the underlying design principles and 
the resulting scaling rules. The required performance of a 
burner in relation to power, heat flux and emission is put 
in the perspective of various applications in power 
generation and petrochemical and metallurgical heating 
processes. Then modern computational and experimental tools 
for the investigation of flames are described, with special 
emphasis on flame stability. Results of the application of 
advanced CFD methods to real applications will be 
presented. In a round table discussion the topics of most 
interest to the participants will be discussed. 

The technological challenge is to design a burner with 
guaranteed ultra-low emissions of NOx, soot and unburned 
hydrocarbons and with stably burning flames for the whole 
range of operating conditions. An underlying scientific 
challenge is the understanding of turbulence-chemistry 
interaction. Among the questions to be addressed are: Which 
flow phenomena have the greatest influence on flame 
stabilization? How are they represented in computational 
models? What are the essential advantages of large eddy 
simulation (LES) compared to Reynolds Averaged Navier-
Stokes (RANS) simulations? What can we learn from Direct 
Numerical Simulation (DNS)? What can we learn from advanced 
laser diagnostics? How far are we in laboratory studies 
from real scale applications and how far are we in applying 
our models to real applications? What is the impact of new 
developments on scaling rules of future combustion 

The course is intended for researchers in industry, 
equipped with a firm basic knowledge in fluid mechanics, 
heat transport and combustion science, who want to build up 
or widen their knowledge on modern computational and 
experimental tools for burner design.  Combustion 
researchers from academia interested in learning more about 
the opportunities for industrial application are also 


Prof. Dirk Roekaerts, Delft University of Technology, The 
Prof. Epaminondas Mastorakos, Cambridge University, UK 
Dr. Laurent Gicquel, CERFACS, France 
Prof. Luc Vervisch, NSA Rouen & CNRS - CORIA, France 
Prof. Andreas Dreizler, Darmstadt University of Technology, 
Event record first posted on November 29, 2010, last modified on December 3, 2010

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