Hot-jet ignition of a combustible mixture has application in IC engines, detonation initiation, and wave rotor combustion. Numerical predictions are made for ignition of combustible mixtures using a traversing jet of chemically active gas at one end of a long constant-volume combustor (CVC) with aspect ratio similar to a wave rotor channel. The CVC initially contains a stoichiometric mixture of ethylene or methane at atmospheric conditions. The traversing jet issues from a rotating pre-chamber that generates gaseous combustion products, assumed at chemical equilibrium for estimating major species. Turbulent combustion uses a hybrid eddy-break-up model with detailed finite-rate kinetics and a two-equation k-ω model. The confined jet is observed to behave initially as a wall jet and later as a wall-impinging jet. The jet evolution, vortex structure and mixing behavior are significantly different for traversing jets, stationary centered jets, and near-wall jets. Pressure waves in the CVC chamber affect ignition through flame vorticity generation and compression. The jet and ignition behavior are compared with high-speed video images from a prior experiment. Production of unstable intermediate species like C2H4 and CH3 appears to depend significantly on the initial jet location while relatively stable species like OH are less sensitive.

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