The work evaluates the combustion of natural gas in a cylindrical furnace. The Generalized Finite Rate Reaction Model was selected for predicting the reactions. Two situations were considered. In the first case the combustion of the fuel was predicted by a single global reaction, and in the second case a two-step reaction was considered for predicting the combustion process. The conservation equations of mass, momentum, energy and chemical species were solved by the finite volume procedure, with the commercial software FLUENT. The turbulent flow was modeled by employing the two differential equation κ–ε model. The solutions obtained with the two reaction models, for the temperature and species concentration fields, were compared among them and against experimental data available in the literature. It was observed that the two-step reaction model represents better the physical phenomena, showing a better agreement with the experimental data.

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