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A Hybrid Semi-Empirical Model for Lean Blow-Out Limit Predictions of Aero-Engine Combustors

[+] Author Affiliations
Bin Hu, Jianzhong Xu

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Yong Huang

Beihang University, Beijing, China

Paper No. GT2014-26271, pp. V04BT04A027; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 4B: Combustion, Fuels and Emissions
  • Düsseldorf, Germany, June 16–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4569-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Lean blow-out (LBO) is critical to operational performance of combustion systems in propulsion and power generation. Current predictive tools for LBO are based on decades-old empirical correlations that have limited applicability for modern combustor designs. Based on Lefebvre’s model for LBO and flame volume concept, an FV (Flame Volume) model was proposed by Authors in early study. The FV model adds two key parameters of α and β that represent the fraction of dome air and dimensionless flame volume defined as the ratio of flame volume and combustor volume. Due to the flame volume is obtained from the experimental image, FV model could only be used in LBO analysis instead of predictions. In the present study, a hybrid FV model is proposed that combines the FV model with numerical simulation for LBO predictions. In the hybrid FV model, α and β are estimated from the numerical simulation result of the non-reacting flow in the combustor. Comparing with the experimental data for 11 combustors, the LBO fuel/air ratio obtained by hybrid FV model shows better agreement than that obtained by Lefebvre’s model. The maximum prediction uncertainties of hybrid FV model and Lefebvre’s model are about ±16% and ±48%, respectively. Moreover, the time cost of the LBO prediction using hybrid FV model for each case is about 6 hours with the computer equipment of CPU×12 and 24G memory, showing that the hybrid FV model is reliable and efficient to be used for the performance evaluation of the combustor, even the so called “paper combustors” in the primary design stage.

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