A comparative assessment is made of two implementations of the rate-controlled constrained-equilibrium (RCCE) method. These are the constraint and constraint potential formulations in which rate equations are solved for the RCCE constraints and constraint potentials, respectively. The two forms are equivalent mathematically; however, they involve different numerical procedures and thus show different computational performance. The main objective of this study is to compare the accuracy and numerical efficiency of the two formulations to attain the most effective implementation of the RCCE in turbulent combustion simulations. The RCCE method is applied to study methane oxygen combustion in an adiabatic, isobaric well stirred reactor. Simulations are carried out over a wide range of initial temperatures and equivalence ratios. Performance studies are conducted and RCCE results are compared with those obtained by direct integration of detailed chemical kinetics. The results show that both methods provide very accurate representation of the kinetics. It is also demonstrated that while the constraint form involves less numerical stiffness, the constraint potential implementation results in more saving in computation time.

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