This paper presents a computational parametric study of evaporation processes in liquid-fueled, simulated porous media burners using a two-energy equation model. The effects of porous medium heat source, porous medium structure, fuel flow rate, and air inlet temperature on evaporation characteristics were determined. Predicted steady-state axial temperature profiles within the porous media and radial vapor concentration profiles at 5 cm downstream of the porous medium are presented. Vapor concentration results showed a strong dependence on porous medium temperature, which, in turn, depended on the strength of the heat source and the effectiveness of heat transfer between porous medium and coflow air. Simulations with different porosities demonstrated that the peak vapor concentration decreased as porosity increased. The peak vapor concentration dropped by 42 % when porosity was increased from 0.5 to 0.87. Under higher fuel flowrate conditions, the extent of completeness of evaporation decreased, showing that much stronger heat source was needed to maintain the complete evaporation. When the coflow air temperature was increased, the peak vapor concentration was found to increase and the vapor concentration spread more radially.

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