Large eddy simulations (LES) of boundary layer flashback in wall-bounded flows
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In the design of high-hydrogen content gas turbines for power generation, flashback of the turbulent flame by propagation through the low velocity boundary layers in the premixing region is an operationally dangerous event. The high reactivity of hydrogen combined with enhanced flammability lim- its (compared to natural gas) promotes flame propagation along low-speed boundary layers adjoining the combustion walls. This work focuses on the simulation of boundary layer flashback using large-eddy simulations (LES). A canonical channel configuration is studied to assess the capabilities of LES and determine the modeling requirements for boundary layer flashback simulations. To extend this work to complex geometries, a new reactive low-Mach number solver has been written in an unstructured code.