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CFD Analysis of Fuel Distribution in Concentric Swirling Flows in a Reverse Flow Gas Turbine Combustor

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K. Sudhakar Reddy

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, AP, India

D. N. Reddy

Osmania University, Hyderabad, AP, India

C. M. Vara Prasad

Jaya Prakash Narayana College of Engineering, Mahabubnagar, AP, India

Paper No. GT2006-91216, pp. 853-865; 13 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 paper presents the results of numerical investigations of a turbulent, swirling and recirculating flow without combustion inside a reverse flow gas turbine combustor. In order to establish the characteristics of fuel distribution patterns of the fuel spray injected into swirling flows, flow fields are analyzed inside the swirl combustor for varying amount of swirl strength using a commercial CFD code fluent 6.1.22. Three Dimensional computations are performed to study the influence of the various parameters like injection pressure, flow Reynolds number and Swirl Strength on the fuel distribution patterns. The model predictions are compared against the experimental results, and its applicability over a wide range of flow conditions was investigated. It was observed from the CFD analysis, that the fuel decay along the axis is faster with low injection pressures compared to higher injection pressures. With higher Reynolds numbers the fuel patterns are spreading longer in the axial direction. The higher momentum of the air impedes the radial mixing and increases the constraint on the jet spread. The results reveal that an increase in swirl enhances the mixing rate of the fuel and air and causes recirculation to be more pronounced and to occur away form the fuel injector. The CFD predictions are compared with the experimental data from the phototransistor probe measurements, and good agreement has been achieved.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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