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Journal of Combustion

Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 794671, 17 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/794671

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A Priori* Assessment of Algebraic Flame Surface Density Models in the Context of Large Eddy Simulation for Nonunity Lewis Number Flames in the Thin Reaction Zones Regime

^{1}School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK^{2}Engineering Department, Cambridge University, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK

Received 21 March 2012; Accepted 24 June 2012

Academic Editor: Andrei N. Lipatnikov

Copyright © 2012 Mohit Katragadda et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

The performance of algebraic flame surface density (FSD) models has been assessed for flames with nonunity Lewis number (Le) in the thin reaction zones regime, using a direct numerical simulation (DNS) database of freely propagating turbulent premixed flames with Le ranging from 0.34 to 1.2. The focus is on algebraic FSD models based on a power-law approach, and the effects of Lewis number on the fractal dimension *D* and inner cut-off scale have been studied in detail. It has been found that *D* is strongly affected by Lewis number and increases significantly with decreasing Le. By contrast, remains close to the laminar flame thermal thickness for all values of Le considered here. A parameterisation of *D* is proposed such that the effects of Lewis number are explicitly accounted for. The new parameterisation is used to propose a new algebraic model for FSD. The performance of the new model is assessed with respect to results for the generalised FSD obtained from explicitly LES-filtered DNS data. It has been found that the performance of the most existing models deteriorates with decreasing Lewis number, while the newly proposed model is found to perform as well or better than the most existing algebraic models for FSD.

#### 1. Introduction

Reaction rate closure based on flame surface density (FSD) is one of the most popular approaches to combustion modelling in turbulent premixed flames [1–11]. In the context of LES the generalised FSD () is defined as follows [3–11]: where the overbar denotes the LES filtering operation. The reaction progress variable may be defined in terms of a reactant mass fraction , for example, such that rises monotonically from zero in fresh reactants (subscript ) to unity in fully burned products (subscript ).

In the context of LES, several models have been proposed for the wrinkling factor [12–16], which is often used in the context of thickened flame modelling [13, 14]. The wrinkling factor is closely related to according to [12–16]:

Often, is expressed in terms of a power-law expression [7, 9, 13, 14] in which and are the outer and inner cut-off scales and is the fractal dimension. This leads to a power-law expression for as:
where, for LES, the outer cut-off scale is taken to be equal to the filter width . According to Peters [17], scales with the Gibson length scale in the corrugated flamelets (CF) regime, and with the Kolmogorov length scale in the thin reaction zones (TRZ) regime. Here, is the unstrained laminar burning velocity, is the kinematic viscosity in the unburned gas, and is the dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy. Experimental analyses by Knikker et al. [7] and Roberts et al. [18] indicated that scales with the Zel’dovich flame thickness , where is the thermal diffusivity in unburned gases. A recent *a priori* DNS analysis [9] demonstrated that scales with and for the CF and TRZ regimes, respectively, as suggested by Peters [17]. However, is also found to scale with thermal flame thickness in both the CF and TRZ regimes [9]. North and Santavicca [19] parameterised in terms of the root-mean-square (rms) turbulent velocity fluctuation as: , whereas Kerstein [20] suggested that increases from 2 to 7/3 for increasing values of , where is associated with the material surface.

Since combustion is set to remain a major practical means of energy conversion for the foreseeable future, it has become necessary to find novel ways to reduce carbon emissions from relatively conventional combustion systems. One such approach is the use of hydrogen-blended hydrocarbon fuels in IC engines, aeroengines, and furnaces. Increased abundance of fast diffusing species such as H and H_{2} leads to significant effects of differential diffusion of heat and mass in hydrogen-blended flames [21, 22], whereas these effects are relatively weaker in conventional hydrocarbon flames [22, 23]. The differential rates of thermal and mass diffusion in premixed flames are often characterised by the Lewis number Le which is defined as the ratio of the thermal diffusivity to mass diffusivity (i.e., ). Assigning a global characteristic value of Le is not straightforward since many species with different individual values of Le are involved in actual combustion. Often the Lewis number of the deficient reactant species is used as the characteristic Le [21, 24–28] and this approach has been adopted here. It is worth noting that, to date, most FSD-based modelling has been carried out for unity Lewis number flames (e.g., [1–11]) and the effects of differential diffusion of heat and mass on the statistical behaviour of FSD have rarely been addressed [28]. More specifically the effects of Le on and have not yet been analysed in detail, or in the context of power-law FSD reaction rate models. Moreover, most algebraic models for have been proposed for the CF regime where the effects of Le are not accounted for. Thus, it is important to assess the performance of existing models for combustion in the TRZ regime with nonunity Lewis number.

The present study aims to bridge this gap in the existing literature. In this respect the main objectives of the work are as the following.(i)To understand the effects of Lewis number on and in the context of LES modelling.(ii)To assess the performance of existing wrinkling factor-based algebraic models of FSD in the context of LES for flames with nonunity global Lewis number based on *a priori* DNS analysis.(iii) To identify or develop a power-law-based algebraic model for FSD in the context of LES which is capable of predicting the correct behaviour of FSD even for nonunity Lewis number flames.

The rest of the paper is organised as follows. An overview of the different algebraic FSD models considered here are presented in the next section. This will be followed by a brief discussion of the numerical implementation. Following this, results will be presented and subsequently discussed. Finally the main findings will be summarised and conclusions will be drawn.

#### 2. Overview of Power-Law-Based FSD Models

A model for suggested by Angelberger et al. [4] (FSDA model) can be written in terms of as follows:
where is a model parameter, is the subgrid turbulent velocity fluctuation, is the subgrid turbulent kinetic energy and denotes the Favre-filtered value of a general quantity . In (3a), is an efficiency function which is given by:
Weller et al. [12] also presented an algebraic model for , which can be recast in the form (FSDW model):
where and with and denoting the Kolmogorov length scale and unburned gas density respectively. Colin et al. [13] proposed an algebraic model for , which can be expressed in terms of FSD (FSDC model) as:
where is given by (3b), with , where is the unburned gas viscosity and is the integral length scale, and . The FSDC model requires three input parameters, namely , , and . Charlette et al. [14] reduced the input parameters to only and by using (FSDCH model):
with the efficiency function
where and with model constants , , , and functions , , , and are defined by:
Knikker et al. [7] proposed a model for (FSDK model) as:
where the inner cut-off scale is taken to be and is estimated based on a dynamic formulation as , where denotes the reaction progress variable at the test filter level *γ*Δ. Fureby [16] proposed a model for which can be written in terms of (FSDF model) as:
where Γ is given by (3b), and is specified according to the parameterisation [19].

In the present study, the performance of each algebraic model described above is assessed with respect to obtained from DNS. There are three requirements for each model. Firstly, the volume-averaged value of represents the total flame surface area, and therefore this quantity should not change with . Secondly, the model should be able to capture the correct variation of the averaged value of conditional on across the flame brush. Thirdly, the correlation coefficient between the modelled and actual values of should be as close to unity as possible in order to capture the effects of local strain rate and curvature on .

#### 3. Numerical Implementation

For the purposes of the analysis, a DNS database of three-dimensional turbulent premixed flames has been generated using the compressible DNS code SENGA [29]. Until recently most combustion DNS was carried out either in three dimensions with simplified chemistry or in two dimensions with detailed chemistry due to the limitations of available computational power. Although it is now possible to carry out three-dimensional DNS with detailed chemistry, such computations remain extremely expensive [30] and are not practical for a parametric study as in the present case. Thus three-dimensional DNS with single-step Arrhenius type chemistry has been used in the present study in which the effects of Lewis number are to be investigated in isolation.

For the present DNS database, the computational domain is considered to be a cube of size , which is discretised using a uniform grid of . The grid spacing is determined by the flame resolution, and in all cases, about 10 grid points are kept within , where and are the adiabatic flame, unburned reactant and instantaneous dimensional temperatures respectively, and the subscript is used to refer to unstrained planar laminar flame quantities. The boundaries in the direction of mean flame propagation are taken to be partially nonreflecting and are specified using the Navier Stokes Characteristic Boundary Conditions formulation [31], while boundaries in the transverse direction were taken to be periodic. A 10th order central difference scheme was used for spatial discretisation for internal grid points and the order of differentiation gradually decreases to a one-sided second-order scheme at non-periodic boundaries [29]. A low storage 3rd-order Runge-Kutta scheme [32] is used for time advancement. The turbulent velocity field is initialised by using a standard pseudo-spectral method [33], and the flame is initialised using an unstrained planar steady laminar flame solution.

The initial values of and for all the flames considered here are shown in Table 1 along with the values of heat release parameter , Damköhler number , Karlovitz number and turbulent Reynolds number . For all cases Ka remains greater than unity, which indicates that combustion is taking place in the TRZ regime [17]. Standard values are taken for Prandtl number (), ratio of specific heats (), and the Zel’dovich number (), where is the activation temperature.

In all cases, statistics were collected after three eddy turn-over times (i.e., ), which corresponds to one chemical time scale (i.e., ). The turbulent kinetic energy and its dissipation rate in the unburned reactants ahead of the flame were slowly varying at and the qualitative nature of the statistics was found to have remained unchanged since for all cases. By the time the statistics were extracted, the value of in the unburned reactants ahead of the flame had decayed by about 50%, while the value of had increased by about 1.7 times, relative to their initial values. Further details on the flame-turbulence interaction of this DNS database may be found in [27, 28]. The present simulation time is short, but remains comparable to several studies [3, 8–10, 14, 34–37] which have contributed significantly to the fundamental understanding and modelling of turbulent premixed combustion in the past. The DNS data was explicitly filtered according to the integral using a Gaussian kernel given by the expression . The results will be presented for ranging from to , where is the DNS grid spacing . These filter sizes are comparable to the range of used in *a priori* DNS analysis in several previous studies [3, 8–10, 14], and span a useful range of length scales from comparable to , where the flame is partially resolved, up to , where the flame becomes fully unresolved and is comparable to the integral length scale. For these filter widths, the underlying combustion process ranges from the “laminar flamelets-*G* DNS” [38] combustion regime (for ) to well within the TRZ regime (for ) on the regime diagrams by Pitsch and Duchamp de Lageneste [38] and Düsing et al. [39]. However, these regime diagrams have been proposed based on scaling arguments for unity Lewis number flames and the likely effects of nonunity Lewis number on these regime diagrams have yet to be ascertained. This topic is the subject of a separate investigation and will not be taken up in this paper.

#### 4. Results and Discussion

##### 4.1. Effects of Le on and

The power law expression (2b) for may be rewritten as: where the angled brackets indicate a volume-averaging operation. The variation of with the ratio is shown in Figure 1 on a log-log plot for all the different Lewis number cases. The quantity denotes the total flame surface area which remains independent of filter size . By contrast, the quantity denotes the resolved portion of the flame wrinkling, which decreases with increasing . As a result, increases with increasing . The variation of with is linear when but becomes nonlinear for . The best-fit straight line representing the greatest slope of the linear variation has been used to obtain values of and . It has been found that remains independent of Le, and for all cases remains on the order of thermal flame thickness (i.e., ), which is about twice the Zel’dovich flame thickness for the present thermochemistry (i.e., ). The scaling of the inner cut-off scale with is consistent with previous DNS [9] and experimental [7, 18] findings. Figure 1 shows that the slope of the linear region decreases with increasing Lewis number (i.e., in moving from case a to case e), which suggests that the fractal dimension decreases with increasing Le.

Contours of reaction progress variable in the midplane are shown in Figure 2 for all cases and show that the extent of flame wrinkling is significantly greater at lower Lewis number. The rate of flame area generation increases with decreasing Le, and this behaviour is particularly noticeable for the cases with Le = 0.34 and Le = 0.6 because of the occurrence of thermo-diffusive instabilities [21, 24–28]. This can be substantiated from values of the ratio of turbulent to laminar flame surface area obtained by volume integration of (i.e., ). This produces the values 3.93, 2.66, 2.11, 1.84, and 1.76 for the cases with Le = 0.34, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0, and 1.2, respectively, at the time when statistics were extracted. The experimental findings of North and Santavicca [19] suggested that increases with increasing , which indicates that is expected to have a dependence on both and Ka. Moreover, the analysis of Kerstein [20] suggested that is expected to assume an asymptotic value of for large values of and . The present findings indicate that Le also has an influence on in addition to and , and that can assume values greater than 7/3 for flames with (see Figure 1). The Karlovitz number dependence of for unity Lewis number flames has been analysed in detail by Chakraborty and Klein [9] and they parameterised as: , which does not account for the effects of and . The parameterisation proposed by Chakraborty and Klein [9] has been extended here by accounting for the effects of Karlovitz number, turbulent Reynolds number, and global Lewis number (i.e., , , and ) according to the following: where is a model parameter. Further details on the basis of this parameterisation are given in Appendix A.

The prediction of with obtained from DNS and obtained from (11) is also shown in Figure 1, which indicates that (11) satisfactorily captures the best-fit straight line corresponding to the power law. It is worth noting that and in (11) were evaluated for this purpose based on and in the unburned reactants. However, in actual LES simulations, needs to be evaluated based on local velocity and length scale ratios (i.e., and ). Here is estimated from the subgrid turbulent kinetic energy as following previous studies [12, 15, 16]. The local Karlovitz number can be evaluated as , where is a model parameter. Similarly, the local turbulent Reynolds number can be evaluated using . The choice of model constants and ensures an accurate prediction of for and yields the value of obtained based on the global quantities according to (11).

Based on the observed behaviour of and , a power-law expression for is proposed here (model FSDNEW): where is a bridging function which increases monotonically from zero for small (i.e., or ) to unity for large (i.e., or ). Equation (12) ensures that approaches for large and at the same time approaches (i.e., ) for small . It has been found that provides better agreement with obtained from DNS data for , whereas the power-law starts to predict more accurately for (see Figure 1). Based on this observation, the bridging function is taken to be , which ensures a smooth transition between . As is found to scale with (i.e., according to the present thermochemistry), in (12) is taken to be the thermal flame thickness .

The performance of the various algebraic models for will be assessed next, using the model requirements stated earlier.

##### 4.2. Performance of Models for the Volume-Averaged FSD

The inaccuracy in the model predictions of can be characterised using a percentage error (PE): where is the volume-averaged value of the model prediction of . Results for the PE for a range of filter size are shown Figure 3. These demonstrate that the models denoted by FSDA (see (3a) and (3b)) and FSDC (see (5)) overpredict for all the Lewis number cases, and that the level of overprediction increases with increasing . The FSDW model (see (4)) also overpredicts , although the level of overprediction decreases for , especially for cases with (i.e., cases B–E). The FSDC model has greater PE than both the FSDA and FSDW models for all in the same cases. However, the FSDW model has the highest PE relative to both the FSDA and FSDC models for all in the case.

The FSDCH (6), FSDA, and FSDC models provide accurate predictions of at small values of (i.e., ) but they overpredict for large values of (i.e., ). The FSDF model (9) predicts accurately for small , and marginally underpredicts for larger , for cases with . However, the FSDF model remains better than the FSDA, FSDC, FSDCH, and FSDW models. The FSDNEW model (12) provides an accurate prediction of for all filter sizes because this model is designed to do so for all values of Le. The PE for the FSDCH model remains small for cases with (i.e., cases C–E), although the FSDCH model overpredicts for for cases with (i.e., cases A and B). The FSDK model (see (8)) underpredicts the value of for all for all cases. However, the level of underprediction of the FSDK model decreases for larger .

The PEs for the FSDF and FSDNEW models remain negligible in comparison to the PEs for all the other models. Note that should approach (i.e., ) when vanishes because the flow tends to be fully resolved (i.e., and ). Although the FSDF model performs well for all for all the cases considered here, does not tend to as approaches zero, but instead predicts a finite value close to zero. This limitation of the FSDF model can be avoided using a modified form of (8) (MSFDF model): where is a bridging function as before, the efficiency function is given by (3b) and [19]. Equation (14) ensures that becomes exactly equal to when the flow is fully resolved (i.e., or ), where also vanishes (i.e., ). Figure 3 shows that the modification given by (14) does not appreciably alter the performance of (8) while ensuring the correct asymptotic behaviour. Note that the parameterisation of and according to [19] and (3b), respectively, is essential for the satisfactory performance of the FSDF model. Using (13), for in the FSDF model is found to lead to a deterioration in its performance. Similarly, using as given by [19] in (12) worsens the performance of the FSDNEW model.

The FSDK model is based on the power-law which is strictly valid only for filter sizes which are sufficiently greater than (i.e., ), as can be seen from Figure 1. Hence, the predictive capability of the FSDK model improves when (see Figure 3). However, the FSDK model underpredicts because the inner cut-off scale is taken to be in this model whereas for all the cases considered here. An accurate estimation of in the framework of the FSDK model results in comparable performance to the FSDNEW model for large (i.e., ). Moreover, vanishes when according to the FSDK model, whereas should approach when (i.e. ). This limitation can be avoided by modifying the FSDK model in the same manner as shown in (14) for the FSDF model (not shown here for conciseness).

The stretch-rate represents the fractional rate of change of flame surface area *A* [1], where is the displacement speed, is the local flame normal vector and is the tangential strain rate. It is possible to decompose into the reaction, normal diffusion and tangential diffusion components (i.e., , and ) [8–10, 40, 41]:
It has been shown in several previous studies [5, 6, 8, 10, 25] that remains positive throughout the flame brush and thus acts to generate flame surface area, whereas the contribution of curvature to stretch is primarily responsible for flame surface area destruction. The equilibrium of flame surface area generation and destruction yields , which gives rise to [9]:

The stretch rate induced by becomes the leading order sink term in the thin reaction zones regime [8–10, 42]. However, most algebraic models (e.g., FSDA, FSDC, FSDCH, and FSDW) were proposed in the CF regime based on the equilibrium of the stretch rates induced by and , and the flame surface area destruction due to was ignored [4, 12–14]. As a result, these models underestimate the flame surface area destruction rate in the thin reaction zones regime, which leads to overprediction of for the FSDA, FSDC, FSDCH, and FSDW models.

The disagreement between the FSDF model prediction and DNS data originates principally due to the inaccuracy in estimating and , while the difference between the FSDK prediction and DNS data arises from inaccurate estimation of . Hence a more accurate estimation of , , and will result in better performance of both the FSDF and FSDK models.

##### 4.3. Performance of Models for the Variation of

It is important to assess the models based on their ability to capture the correct variation of with across the flame brush. The variation of mean conditionally averaged on is shown in Figure 4 for and Figure 5 for , respectively. These filter widths have been chosen since they correspond to and respectively. The following observations can be made from Figure 4 about the model predictions at .(i)The models FSDA, FSDC, FSDCH, FSDF, and FSDNEW tend to capture the variation of the conditional mean value of with obtained from DNS data. The prediction of the MFSDF model remains comparable to that of the FSDF model for .(ii)The FSDW model consistently overpredicts the conditional mean value of for all cases. The FSDW model also predicts a skewed shape, which fails to capture the trend predicted by DNS.(iii)The model FSDK underpredicts the conditional mean value of in all cases. The physical explanations provided earlier for the underprediction of by the FSDK model is also responsible for the underprediction seen here.

A comparison between Figures 4 and 5 reveals that the predictions of the various algebraic FSD models exhibit greater spread for than in the case of . The following observations can be made from Figure 5 about the model predictions at .(i)Similar to , the FSDW model predicts a peak at > 0.6, whereas the peak value of conditionally averaged from DNS occurs at *≈* 0.5 for all the cases.(ii)The models FSDW, FSDA, FSDC, and FSDCH tend to overpredict the conditionally averaged value of and the level of the overprediction increases with decreasing Lewis number.(iii)The models FSDF, FSDK, FSDNEW, and MFSDF tend to predict the conditionally averaged value of satisfactorily throughout the flame brush.(iv)The difference in the predictions of the models MFSDF, and FSDF seem to be very small for all the flames considered here.

The inaccuracy in the predictions of the mean value of conditional on can be characterised once again using a percentage error (PE_{2}):
where and are the mean values of conditional on as obtained from model prediction and DNS respectively, and is the maximum value of conditionally averaged obtained from DNS. The error in the model prediction according to (16) is shown in Figure 6 for filter size and in Figure 7 for filter size . Note that the models predicting outside a margin of ±15% have been discarded. In the case of Le = 0.34 (case A) the models FSDNEW, FSDF, MFSDF, and FSDC stay within the ±15% error limit for whereas only the models FSDF, MFSDF, FSDK and FSDNEW remain within the ±15% error limit for . As Le increases to 0.6 (case B), the models FSDNEW, FSDCH, FSDF, MFSDF, FSDC, FSDA, and FSDK predict within the ±15% error margin and have been listed in terms of decreasing accuracy for . For case B only the predictions of FSDNEW, FSDF, MFSDF and FSDK remain within the ±15% error margin for . In the Le = 0.8 case (case C), the models FSDF, FSDNEW, MFSDF, FSDCH, FSDA, FSDC, FSDK and FSDW all provide predictions within ±15% for , whereas the predictions of FSDNEW, FSDF, MFSDF, FSDCH, FSDK and FSDW remain within ±15% for . For Le = 1.0 and 1.2 (cases D and E) the models FSDF, MFSDF, FSDNEW, FSDCH, FSDA, FSDC, FSDK and FSDW all predict within the ±15% error margin for , while the models FSDF, MFSDF, FSDNEW, FSDK and FSDCH predict within ±15% for . The model FSDW was found to predict within the ±15% error margin for in the Le = 1.0 flame but its prediction remains marginally beyond the ±15% error margin for for the Le = 1.2 flame considered here (The maximum magnitude of PE_{2} for the FSDW model in the Le = 1.2 case is 15.2%, and the variation of PE_{2} with in this case is qualitatively similar to the Le = 1.0 case considered here).

Comparing the performance of the models at and , it can be seen that FSDA, FSDCH and FSDC predict satisfactorily at but the agreement with DNS deteriorates at . By contrast, the FSDK prediction is closer to DNS data at than at . The models FSDF, MFSDF, and FSDNEW fare well at both and for all the Lewis number values considered here. It is worth noting that the FSDNEW model was designed to predict the volume-averaged value of generalised FSD , but judging from Figures 4–7, this model also performs satisfactorily with respect to predicting the correct variation of across the flame brush.

The prediction of the model FSDK improves with increasing filter width , unlike the other models, which is consistent with observations made in the context of Figure 3. The prediction of the FSDW model remains skewed towards the product side of the flame brush due to the dependence of (i.e., ) proposed in [12]. The FSDW, FSDA, FSDC, and FSDCH models underestimate the destruction rate of flame surface area in the thin reaction zones regime due to the underestimation of FSD destruction arising due to the curvature stretch contribution , which eventually leads to the overprediction of conditionally averaged value of .

##### 4.4. Performance of Models for the Local Behaviour

The FSD predicted by the models should have the correct resolved strain rate and curvature dependence in the context of LES and thus the correlation coefficient between the FSD obtained from DNS and from the model prediction should remain as close to unity as possible. The variation of the correlation coefficients between the model prediction and generalised FSD obtained from DNS in the range of filtered reaction progress variable are shown in Figure 8 for different filter widths. The regions corresponding to and have been ignored since the correlation coefficients have little physical significance in these regions due to the small values of obtained from both DNS and model predictions. Figure 8 indicates that the correlation coefficients decrease with increasing due to increased unresolved subgrid wrinkling, which makes the local variation of different from . The extent of the deviation of the correlation coefficients from unity increases with decreasing Le for a given value of . Figure 8 indicates that the models FSDA, FSDC, FSDCH, FSDF, MFSDF, FSDK, FSDNEW, and FSDW have comparable correlation coefficients, which deviate considerably from unity for large values of . This indicates that algebraic models may not be able to predict FSD such that its local strain rate and curvature dependencies can be appropriately captured, especially in the TRZ regime. Hence a transport equation for FSD might need to be solved to account for the local strain rate and curvature effects on [5, 6, 8, 10, 11].

#### 5. Conclusions

The performance of several wrinkling factor based LES algebraic models for has been assessed for nonunity Lewis number flames in the TRZ regime based on a DNS database of freely propagating statistically planar turbulent premixed flames with Le ranging from 0.34 to 1.2. It has been found that the fractal dimension increases with decreasing Le, whereas Le does not have any significant influence on the value of the normalised inner cut-off scale . For all Lewis number cases the inner cut-off scale is found to be equal to the thermal flame thickness (i.e., ). Based on the analysis of DNS data, a new parameterisation of is proposed, where the effects of Le are explicitly accounted for. This new parameterisation of has been used to propose a power-law based model for to account for nonunity Lewis number effects. The performance of this new model has been assessed with respect to obtained from DNS data alongside other existing models. The new model was found to be capable of predicting the behaviour of in the TRZ regime with greater or comparable accuracy in comparison to the existing models for all values of Le considered here. However, the present study has been carried out for moderate values of turbulent Reynolds number and the effects of detailed chemistry and transport are not accounted for. Thus, three-dimensional DNS with detailed chemistry will be necessary, together with experimental data, for a more comprehensive assessment of LES algebraic models for .

#### Appendix

#### A. Effects of on Fractal Dimension

The effects of on have been analysed based on a simplified chemistry based DNS database [43, 44], in which the variation of is brought about by modifying Da and Ka independently of each other. The initial values of and for all the flames in this DNS database are shown in Table 1(a) along with the values of heat release parameter , Damköhler number , Karlovitz number , and turbulent Reynolds number .

The variations of with for cases A1–E1 are shown in Figure 9, which demonstrate that is greater for flames with higher , and that attains an asymptotic value of 7/3 for unity Lewis number flames with high values of (e.g., cases D1 and E1). The prediction of with obtained from DNS and obtained from (11) is also shown in Figure 9, which indicates that (11) satisfactorily captures the slope of the best-fit straight line.

#### Acknowledgment

The authors are grateful to EPSRC, UK, for financial assistance.

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