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Effects of Swirl Combination and Mixing Tube Geometry on Combustion Instabilities in a Premixed Combustor

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Masamichi Koyama, Hiroshi Fujiwara

Niigata Power Systems Company, Ltd., Niigata, Japan

Laurent Zimmer, Shigeru Tachibana

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. GT2006-90891, pp. 663-671; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Combustion and Fuels, Education
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4236-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


In this paper, flow fields inside a premixed combustor have been investigated by CFD analysis and PIV measurement in a preheating, non-reacting condition. Four types of premixer are examined. The design of the premixer is determined by the combination of swirlers and mixing tubes. There are two variations of triple-concentric swirlers and three variations of mixing tubes. Comparisons are made among mean velocity distributions derived from CFD and PIV. PDF analysis is performed on the data from PIV to discuss the possibility of the occurrence of flashback. Combustion rig tests have been carried out also on similar condition to see combustion instabilities depending on the choice of premixers and operating conditions. Flame is directly observed from crystal windows placed on the side and downstream of the combustion chamber. A glass rod is installed on the wall of the mixing tube so as to see light emissions inside the tube, i.e. evidence of flashback. Pressure fluctuations at the combustor liner are measured in one position. The spectra of pressure fluctuations are computed to look at the possibility of combustion oscillations. Discussions are made on the relation between the global flame structure and pressure modes. Finally, proper premixer configurations to prevent combustion instabilities are proposed.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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