A Radial Jet Reattachment Combustion (RJRC) nozzle forces primary combustion air to exit radially from the combustion nozzle and to mix with gaseous fuel in a highly turbulent recirculation region generated between the combustion nozzle and impingement surface. High convective heat transfer properties and improved fuel/ air mixing characterize this external mixing combustor for use in impingement flame heating processes. To understand the heat transfer characteristics of this new innovative practical RJRC nozzle, statistical design and analysis of experiments was utilized. A regression model was developed which allowed for determination of the total heat transfer to the impingement surface as well as the NOx emission index over a wide variety of operating conditions. In addition, spatially resolved flame temperatures and impingement surface temperature and heat flux profiles enabled determination of the extent of the combustion process with regards to the impingement surface. Specifically, the relative sizes of the reaction envelope, high temperature reaction zone, and low temperature recirculation zone were all determined. At the impingement surface in the reattachment zone very high local heat flux values were measured. This study provides the first detailed local heat transfer characteristics for the RJRC nozzle.

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