A wide band cumulative absorption coefficient distribution, g(k), model is adopted to predict radiative transport in combustion gas mixtures. Prior research has demonstrated similar accuracy of the model to the statistical narrow-band model and superiority to the exponential wideband model under isothermal and homogeneous conditions. This study aims to assess its usefulness in nonhomogeneous media. Sample calculations are performed in a 1D planar slab containing H2O/CO2 mixtures. The six-flux discrete ordinate method (S6-DOM) is employed to solve the radiative transfer equation (RTE), followed by an eight-point Gaussian quadrature of moments with zeroth-order fit. Predictions on the radiative source distribution along the slab and the net radiative flux at the walls are compared to the benchmark line-by-line calculation (LBL) and the statistical narrow-band correlated-k distribution model using the 7-point Gauss-Lobatto quadrature scheme (SNBCK-7). The differences between the g(k) model and LBL are below 5% for a large domain of the layer, with a CPU reduction by a factor of over 30 compared to SNBCK-7 and on the order of 104∼105 compared to LBL. The wide band g(k) model shows significant promise as an accurate and efficient tool to predict radiative transfer in nonhomogenerous media for combustion and fire simulations.

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