Detailed Analysis of the Acoustic Mode Shapes of an Annular Combustion Chamber FREE

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Günther Walz, Werner Krebs, Stefan Hoffmann, Hans Judith

Siemens AG KWU, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, Germany

Paper No. 99-GT-113, pp. V002T02A018; 12 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


To get a better understanding of the formation of thermoacoustic oscillations in an annular gasturbine combustor, an analysis of the acoustic eigenmodes has been conducted using the Finite Element (FE) method. The influence of different boundary conditions and a space dependent velocity of sound has been investigated. The boundary conditions actually define the eigenfrequency spectrum. Hence, it is crucial to know e.g. the burner impedance. In case of the combustion system without significant mixing air addition considered in this paper, the space dependence of the velocity of sound is of minor importance for the eigenfrequency spectrum leading to a maximum deviation of only 5% in the eigenvalues.

It is demonstrated that the efficiency of the numerical eigenvalue analysis can be improved by making use of symmetry, by splitting the problem into several steps with alternate boundaries conditions, and by choosing the shift frequency ωs in the range of frequencies one is interested in.

Copyright © 1999 by ASME
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