A swirling double concentric jet is commonly used for nonpremixed gas burner application for safety reasons and to improve the combustion performance. Fuel is generally spurted at the central jet while the annular coflowing air is swirled. They are normally separated by a blockage disk where the bluff-body effects further enhance the recirculation of hot gas at the reaction zone. This paper aims to experimentally investigate the behavior of flame and flow in a double concentric jet combustor when the fuel supply is acoustically driven. Laser-light sheet assisted Mie scattering method has been used to visualize the flow, while the flame lengths were measured by a conventional photography technique. The fluctuating velocity at the jet exit was measured by a two-component laser Doppler velocimeter. Flammability and stability at first fuel tube resonant frequency are reported and discussed. The evolution of flame profile with excitation level is presented and discussed, together with the reduction in flame length. The flame in the unforced reacting axisymmetric wake is classified into three characteristic modes, which are weak swirling flame, lifted flame, and transitional reattached flame. These terms reflect their primary features of flame appearances, and when the acoustic excitation is applied, the flame behaviors change with the excitation frequency and amplitude. Four additional characteristic modes are identified; e.g., at low excitation amplitudes, wrinkling flame with a blue annular film is observed because the excitation induces vortices in the central fuel jet and hence gives rise to the wrinkling of flame. The central jet vortices become larger with the increase in excitation amplitude and thus lead to a wider and shorter flame. If the excitation amplitude is increased above a certain value, the central jet vortices change the rotation direction and pacing with the annular jet vortices. These changes in the flow field induce large turbulent intensity and mixing and therefore make the flame looks blue and short. Further increase in the excitation amplitude would lift the flame because the flow field would be dramatically modified.

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