Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Experimental Investigation of Fuel Composition Effects on Syngas Combustion

[+] Author Affiliations
Thijs Bouten, Martin Beran, Lars-Uno Axelsson

OPRA Turbines, Hengelo, Netherlands

Paper No. GT2015-42401, pp. V003T03A004; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2015: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Cycle Innovations; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 15–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5667-3
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


The OPRA OP16 gas turbine is an all radial single-shaft gas turbine rated at 1.9 MW with a successful track record from oil and gas applications as well as industrial and commercial CHP applications. To meet the growing demand for alternative fuels, OPRA Turbines has developed a new tubular combustor for the OP16 gas turbine fleet. The combustor has been successfully tested on a wide variety of (ultra-) low-calorific gaseous fuels in an atmospheric combustion test rig.

This paper presents an experimental investigation of syngas combustion in the low-calorific fuel combustor. The effect of the variation in fuel composition on the combustion characteristics has been investigated extensively. This includes the effect of variable heating values and variations in the ratio between hydrogen and carbon monoxide and between syngas and hydrocarbons. The effects of these variations on the combustor performance, emissions and lean blowout limits will be discussed and compared to the results obtained from the combustion of propane. Major differences in emissions have been found, mainly influenced by the flame temperature and presence of hydrogen in the fuel. Lean blowout of the combustor is largely determined by the presence of hydrogen, whereas other components are found to have less influence.

Theoretical calculation, based on le Chatelier’s rule and a method based on heat release, of the lean blowout limit has been compared to the experiments. It was found that the heat release method predicts the flammability limit more accurately than le Chatelier’s rule. This is caused by the inaccuracy of the latter to handle fuels with a large amount of hydrogen.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Combustion , Fuels , Syngas



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In