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Gas Turbine Model Combustor Emissions of Liquid Single-Component Fuels

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Jasper Grohmann, Wolfgang Meier, Manfred Aigner

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Stuttgart, Germany

Paper No. GT2017-63182, pp. V04AT04A011; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 4A: Combustion, Fuels and Emissions
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5084-8
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Alternative liquid fuels can contain hydrocarbons of different types and chain lengths and the fuel composition has an influence on combustion behavior. In this study, the influence of liquid single-component fuels on exhaust gas emissions of a gas turbine model combustor for swirl-stabilized spray flames was investigated under atmospheric pressure. The nozzle exhibited a dual-swirl geometry and a prefilming airblast atomizer. The spray was characterized by Phase Doppler Anemometry (PDA) and Mie scattering measurements and the flame CH* chemiluminescence was measured. Six single-component hydrocarbons were chosen: three linear alkanes (n-hexane, n-nonane, n-dodecane), one cyclic alkane (cyclohexane), one branched alkane (iso-octane) and one aromatic hydrocarbon (toluene). Kerosene Jet A-1 was used as a technical reference. Results show minor differences in CO emissions and significant differences in NOx emissions of the various fuels at comparable flow conditions and adiabatic flame temperatures. The measurements indicate a correlation between the nitric oxide emissions and the spray quality.

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