The effects of diluents on the liftoff of turbulent, partially premixed methane and ethylene jet flames for potential impact in industrial burner operation for multifuel operation have been investigated. Both fuel jets were diluted with nitrogen and argon in separate experiments, and the flame liftoff heights were compared for a variety of flow conditions. Methane flames have been shown to liftoff at lower jet velocities and reach blowout conditions much more rapidly than ethylene flames. Diluting ethylene and methane jets with nitrogen and argon, independently, resulted in varying trends for each fuel. At low dilution levels (∼5% by mole fraction), methane flames were lifted to similar heights, regardless of the diluent type; however, at higher dilution levels (∼10% by mole fraction) the argon diluent produced a flame which stabilized farther downstream. Ethylene jet flames proved to vary less in liftoff heights with respect to diluent type. Significant soot reduction with dilution is witnessed for both ethylene and methane flames, in that flame luminosity alteration occurs at the flame base at increasing levels of argon and nitrogen dilution. The increasing dilution levels also decreased the liftoff velocity of the fuel. Analysis showed little variance among liftoff heights in ethylene flames for the various inert diluents, while methane flames proved to be more sensitive to diluent type. This sensitivity is attributed to the more narrow limits of flammability of methane in comparison to ethylene, as well as the much higher flame speed of ethylene flames.

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