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Development and Demonstration of Engine-Ready Surface-Stabilized Combustion System

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Leonel O. Arellano, Arun K. Bhattacharya, Kenneth O. Smith

Solar Turbines Incorporated, San Diego, CA

Steven J. Greenberg, Neil K. McDougald

ALZETA Corporation, Santa Clara, CA

Paper No. GT2006-91285, pp. 885-889; 5 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


Alzeta Corporation has developed surface-stabilized fuel injectors for use in lean-premixed low-emissions combustion systems. These injectors use a patented technique to form interacting high-flow and low-flow flame zones immediately above a selectively-perforated porous metal surface. This allows stable operation at low reaction temperatures conducive for preventing high NOx formation. Solar Turbines and Alzeta had previously worked together to evaluate single-injector and full-scale proof-of-concept test hardware. This paper presents results of a combustion system developed for evaluation on an engine. The next-generation hardware has evolved to include a pilot to handle low engine speeds, and flow circuits have been adjusted to meet low-pressure drop requirements. Screening tests of the full-scale system have been completed at simulated engine conditions in a full-scale rig. Single-digit NOx and CO emissions have been achieved without encountering combustion-driven instabilities. The combustion system demonstrated adequate power turndown with the assistance of the pilot module, and studies to predict the service life of burners have been initiated.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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