Flow, Turbulence and Combustion

, Volume 101, Issue 2, pp 603–625 | Cite as

Large-Eddy Simulation of Kerosene Spray Ignition in a Simplified Aeronautic Combustor

  • L. Hervo
  • J. M. Senoner
  • A. Biancherin
  • B. Cuenot


The current work presents the Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of a kerosene spray ignition phase in a simplified aeronautical combustor for which detailed experimental data are available. The carrier phase is simulated using an unstructured multi-species compressible Navier-Stokes solver while the dispersed liquid phase is modeled with a Lagrangian approach. An energy deposition model neglecting the presence of a plasma phase in the very first instants of the energy deposition process, a reduced kinetic scheme and a simplified spray injection model are combined to achieve both a reasonable computational expense and a satisfactory overall accuracy. Following a brief description of the validation of these models, non reactive gaseous and two-phase flow LES’s of the target combustor are performed. Excellent agreement with experiments is observed for the non reactive gaseous simulations. The dispersed phase velocity fields are also well reproduced while discrepancies appear for the spatial size distribution of the particles. Finally, numerical snapshots of a successful ignition phase are shown and discussed.


Large Eddy Simulation Dispersed two-phase flow Combustion Ignition Spray Euler Lagrange formalism 



The financial support of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French Government Defense procurement and technology agency, is gratefully acknowledged. The authors would like to warmly thank Mikael Orain, Olivier Rouzaud, Lionel Matuszewski and Nicolas Bertier for useful discussions.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Loïc Hervo’s PhD thesis was partially funded by the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French Government Defense procurement and technology agency.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Hervo
    • 1
  • J. M. Senoner
    • 1
  • A. Biancherin
    • 2
  • B. Cuenot
    • 3
  1. 1.ONERA / DMPEUniversité de ToulouseToulouseFrance
  2. 2.ONERA / DMPEUniversité Paris SaclayChâtillonFrance
  3. 3.CERFACSToulouseFrance

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