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Air-Standard Aerothermodynamic Analysis of Gas Turbine Engines With Wave Rotor Combustion

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Razi Nalim, Pezhman Akbari

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

Hongwei Li

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. GT2009-60055, pp. 445-456; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2009: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Cycle Innovations; Industrial and Cogeneration; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Marine
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 8–12, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4885-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3849-5
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The wave rotor combustor can significantly improve gas turbine engine performance by implementing constant-volume combustion. The periodically open and closed combustor complicates thermodynamic analysis, and key cycle parameters depend on complex gas dynamics. In this study, a consistent air-standard aerothermodynamic model with variable specific heat is established. An algebraic model of the dominant gas dynamics estimates fill fraction and internal wave compression for typical port designs, using a relevant flow Mach number to represent wave amplitudes of compression and expansion. Nonlinear equations for thermodynamic state variables are solved numerically by Newton-Raphson iteration. Performance measures and key operating conditions are predicted, and a quasi-one-dimensional computational model is used to evaluate the usefulness of the algebraic model.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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