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Single-Tube Simulation of a Semi-Intermittent Pressure-Gain Combustor

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Pezhman Akbari, Dhruv Baronia, Razi Nalim

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN

Paper No. GT2006-91061, pp. 805-814; 10 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


This work is aimed to investigate the fundamental combustion and reignition process in semi-intermittent pressure-gain combustors for gas turbine applications. A combustion-torch ignition method is used to simulate reignition in one tube of a pressure-gain combustor by employing burned gas produced in a pre-chamber combustor. Numerical flow and combustion simulations are performed to understand and guide preliminary experimental results. The computational fluid dynamics code StarCD® is used to predict internal flow and combustion upon attempted ignition by a hot gas jet. This study provides improved understanding of the complex, sub-millisecond processes involved: transient supersonic jet mixing, ignition, highly turbulent flame propagation, and shock-flame interaction in near-wall region. The results are useful for successful design of rotary pressure gain combustors or internal combustion wave rotors under various operating conditions.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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