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In this article a combustor burning hydrogen and air in mild regime is numerically studied by means of computational fluid dynamic simulations. All the numerical results show a good agreement with experimental data. It is seen that the flow configuration is characterized by strong exhaust gas recirculation with high air preheating temperature. As a consequence, the reaction zone is found to be characteristically broad and the temperature and concentrations fields are sufficiently homogeneous and uniform, leading to a strong abatement of nitric oxide emissions. It is also observed that the reduction of thermal gradients is achieved mainly through the extension of combustion in the whole volume of the combustion chamber, so that a flame front no longer exists ('flameless oxidation'). The effect of preheating, further dilution provided by inner recirculation and of radiation model for the present hydrogen/air mild burner are analyzed.
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