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Large Eddy Simulations of the Combustor Turbine Interface: Study of the Potential and Clocking Effects

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Charlie Koupper, Guillaume Bonneau

Safran Turbomeca, Bordes, France

Laurent Gicquel, Florent Duchaine

CERFACS, Toulouse, France

Paper No. GT2016-56443, pp. V05BT17A003; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 5B: Heat Transfer
  • Seoul, South Korea, June 13–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4979-8
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


With the generalization of Lean Burn combustors, the flow field entering the turbine tends to feature higher levels of swirl, turbulence, while different hot streak patterns often emerge if compared to the previous generation of combustion chambers. In this context, the combustor-turbine interactions and more specifically the transport of hot streaks through the turbine need to be further analysed to gain engine performance and improved turbine life. Considering this new context, a non-reactive axial combustor simulator representative of a Lean Burn architecture, together with a 1.5 high pressure turbine stage is developed within the European project FACTOR. The interaction between these two modules is numerically investigated by performing Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of the combustor simulator equipped with two Nozzle Guide Vanes (NGVs). By using such an integrated approach, the combustor-turbine interface (plane 40) disappears, allowing: (i) more realistic inlet conditions to the turbine by suppressing all the assumptions associated with averaged profiles; (ii) to account for the potential effect of the vanes on the chamber. Note that if compared to classical approaches, the use of time-resolved LES has the advantage of well predicting the combustor mean flow and turbulence, resulting in more realistic flow properties at the turbine inlet as confirmed by previous works on this configuration. This paper focuses first on two LESs of the combustor-turbine specific configurations: i.e., two clocking positions of the hot streak relative to the NGVs. Significant changes on the thermal field around the vanes are highlighted. When the hot streak is injected in front of a vane leading edge, it considerably heats up the pressure side compared to the adjacent vane although the temperature field is quite uniform at the NGV exit because of the enhanced mixing of the hot streak. On the other hand, when the hot streak is injected in the passage between two adjacent vanes, it remains away from the vane walls preventing them from heating up. The hot streak however crosses the vane passage without being significantly distorted resulting in a more heterogeneous flow field at the rotor inlet. Second, the potential effect induced by the presence of the vanes is investigated by comparing the flow field inside the chamber with and without NGVs. It is found that the potential effect does not alter temperature patterns while a significant radial and azimuthal mass flow redistribution is observed up to about 25% axial chord length upstream of the vanes. The turbulence level is affected by the presence of vanes up to plane 40 when the hot streak is aligned with the passage.

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