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Detection and Analysis of Combustion Instability From Hi-Speed Flame Images Using Dynamic Mode Decomposition

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Sambuddha Ghosal, Soumik Sarkar

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Vikram Ramanan, Satyanarayanan R. Chakravarthy

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

Soumalya Sarkar

United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT

Paper No. DSCC2016-9907, pp. V001T12A005; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 1: Advances in Control Design Methods, Nonlinear and Optimal Control, Robotics, and Wind Energy Systems; Aerospace Applications; Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics; Assistive Robotics; Battery and Oil and Gas Systems; Bioengineering Applications; Biomedical and Neural Systems Modeling, Diagnostics and Healthcare; Control and Monitoring of Vibratory Systems; Diagnostics and Detection; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Fuel Cells/Energy Storage; Intelligent Transportation
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, October 12–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5069-5
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Flame dynamics and combustion instability is a complex problem involving different non-linearities. Combustion instability has several detrimental effects on flight-propulsion dynamics and structural integrity of gas turbines and any such spaces where combustion takes places internally, primarily in internal combustion engines. The description of coherent features of fluid flow in such cases is essential to our understanding of the flame dynamics and propagation processes. A method that is able to extract dynamic information from flow fields that are generated by a direct numerical simulation or visualized in a physical experiment (like in the case discussed in this paper) is Dynamic Mode Decomposition. This paper presents such a feature extraction and stability analysis of hi-speed combustion flames using Dynamic Mode Decomposition and it’s sparsity promoting variant. Extensive experimental data was collected in a swirl-stabilized dump combustor at various operating conditions (e.g. premixing level and flow velocity) for analysing the flame stability conditions.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Combustion , Flames



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