Modelling Combustion Instabilities Using Computational Fluid Dynamics FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
Steve J. Brookes, R. Stewart Cant, Ann P. Dowling

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Paper No. 99-GT-112, pp. V002T02A017; 8 pages
  • ASME 1999 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 2: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, June 7–10, 1999
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7859-0
  • Copyright © 1999 by ASME


The drive for lower emissions has forced combustor designers to consider lean premixed combustion systems. Unfortunately, premixed combustion systems are particularly susceptible to instabilities, raising large periodic fluctuations in heat release and pressure, that may cause structural damage. A reliable computational tool for predicting the onset of these oscillations would be extremely useful during the design process.

The work contained in this paper utilises computational fluid dynamics to model a simple premixed combustor, consisting of a bluff-body stabilised flame burning within a cylindrical duct. State of the art models are used to represent the combustion heat release and the turbulent transport within the combustor. Both forced oscillations and a nearly self-excited condition are modelled and compared with experiment.

Copyright © 1999 by ASME
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