Previous work on bluff body stabilization mechanisms is reviewed, and existing models are categorized in tabular form, showing the underlying assumptions and resulting equations. Lacunae in existing models are discussed, particularly their reliance on characteristics such as laminar flame speed which is difficult to predict for the conditions encountered in turbojet afterburners.
A model for bluff body flame stabilization is proposed based on the stirred reactor approach. In addition to the effect of temperature, pressure and geometry, it includes chemical effects such as vitiation and fuel-air equivalence ratio. Blow off velocities predicted by the model are compared to experimental data for various conditions.