An experimental study has been conducted to determine the heat transfer characteristics for low Reynolds number turbulent swirling LPG/Air flames impinging on a flat surface. Effect of variation of Reynolds number (3000–7000), dimensionless separation distance (H/d = 1 to 6) and equivalence ratio (φ = 0.8 to 2) on heat transfer characteristics has been determined at constant swirl number of 4. Further, experiments were also conducted to investigate the effect of swirl number on heat transfer characteristics at Re = 7000, φ = 1.0 and H/d = 5. It has been concluded that the major drawback of flame impingement i.e., non-uniformity in the heating can be resolved by using swirling flames in place of non-swirling flames. With increase in Reynolds number the flame becomes longer and broader. Also, at higher Re the flame becomes noisy and violent because of the enhanced turbulences in the flame. A dip in the temperature was observed at the stagnation point at all Re and this dip was more significant at higher Re. At small separation distances (H/d = 1 and 2) and at large Reynolds numbers (Re = 7000) heating is comparatively more non-uniform because of close proximity of the visible reaction zone to the plate resulting in intense heating in the stagnation region. High average heat fluxes were obtained at low separation distances and at larger Reynolds numbers.

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