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Numerical Investigation of Subsonic Hydrogen Jet Release


A buoyant round vertical hydrogen jet is investigated using Large Eddy Simulations at low Mach number (M = 0.3). The influence of the transient concentration fields on the extent of the gas envelope with concentrations within the flammability limits is analyzed and their structure are characterized. The transient flammable region has a complex structure that extends up to 30% beyond the time-averaged flammable volume, with high concentration pockets that persist sufficiently long for potential ignition. Safety envelopes devised on the basis of simplified time-averaged simulations would need to include a correction factor that accounts for transient incursions of high flammability concentrations.

Related subjects: Safety
Countries: Canada

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Numerical investigation of subsonic hydrogen jet release

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