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Gas Turbine Combustor: Modelling and Optimization

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V. Ganesan, V. Jyothish Kumar

Indian Institute of Technology-Madras

Paper No. IMECE2005-80794, pp. 35-42; 8 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Transportation
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Transportation
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4231-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Present work is concerned with the flow field analysis inside an annular gas turbine combustor both under non-reacting and reacting conditions. Three-dimensional gas turbine combustor of 20-degree sector has been modeled using the pre-processor GAMBIT. Flow through the combustor has been simulated using FLUENT code by solving the appropriate governing equations viz., conservation of mass, momentum and energy. RNG κ-ε turbulence model is used for physical modeling. Initially prediffuser optimization has been carried out with respect to angle, length and contours. Flow through holes is modeled using porous jump boundary condition as well as modeling real holes themselves to study the efficacy of real hole modeling. Total pressure loss has been calculated to evaluate the cold flow as well as hot flow losses. Combustion has been modeled using the Probability Density Function (PDF) approach. Temperature and species concentrations are predicted.

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