2D-Simulation of Ignition Induced by Electrical Discharges 1999-01-1178
Growing interest in pollutant emission reduction has increased the importance of numerical simulations of spark ignition as a first step in IC engine combustion. In this work, we present simulations involving the coupling of flow, chemical reactions and molecular transport with the discharge processes. The main focus hereby is to investigate the early stages of the formation of a flame kernel in a two-dimensional, cylindrical geometry with electrodes. The computational results shown here include the initial shock-determined phase after the breakdown of the channel, but also the transition to flame propagation for a methane-air mixture.