A combined experimental and numerical study of light-round, defined as the flame propagation from burner to burner in an annular combustor, under perfectly premixed conditions has previously demonstrated the ability of large-eddy simulation (LES) to predict such ignition processes in a complex geometry using massively parallel computations. The present investigation aims at developing light-round simulations in a configuration closer to real applications by considering liquid n-heptane injection. The large-eddy simulation of the ignition sequence of a laboratory scale annular combustion chamber comprising sixteen swirled two-phase injectors is carried out with a mono-disperse Eulerian approach for the description of the liquid phase. The objective is to assess this modeling approach to describe the two-phase reactive flow during the ignition process. The simulation results are compared in terms of flame structure and light-round duration to the corresponding experimental images of the flame front recorded by a high-speed intensified CCD camera. The dynamics of the flow is also analyzed to identify and characterize mechanisms controlling flame propagation during the light-round process.

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