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A Selective Fast Fourier Filtering Approach Applied to High Frequency Thermoacoustic Instability Analysis

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Felix Grimm, Jean-Michel Lourier, Oliver Lammel, Berthold Noll, Manfred Aigner

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Stuttgart, Germany

Paper No. GT2017-63234, pp. V04AT04A015; 14 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


A method for selective, frequency-resolved analysis of spatially distributed, time-coherent data is introduced. It relies on filtering of Fourier-processed signals with periodic structures in frequency-domain. Therefrom extracted information can be analyzed in both, frequency- and time-domain using an inverse transformation ansatz.

In the presented paper, the approach is applied to a laboratory scale, twelve nozzle FLOX®-GT-burner for the investigation of high-frequency thermoacoustic pressure oscillations and limit-cycle mechanisms. The burner is operated at elevated pressure for partially premixed combustion of a hydrogen and natural gas mixture with air. At a certain amount of hydrogen addition to fuel injection, the burner exhibits self-sustained high-frequency thermoacoustic oscillation. This unstable operation is simulated with the fractional step approach SICS (Semi Implicit Characteristic Splitting), a pressure based solver extension of the Finite Volume based research code THETA (Turbulent Heat Release Extension for the TAU Code) for the treatment of weakly compressible flows with combustion. A hybrid LES/URANS simulation delivers time-resolved simulation data of the thermoacoustically unstable operation condition, which is analyzed with the presented SFFFA (Selective Fast Fourier Filtering Approach).

Acoustic pressure distribution in the combustion chamber is explicitly resolved and assigned to different characteristic modes by signal decomposition. Furthermore, the SFFFA is used for the analysis of acoustic feedback mechanism by investigating filtered transient heat release, acoustic pressure, velocity and mixture fraction. Coherent structures in flow field and combustion as well as periodic convective processes are resolved and linked to transient acoustic pressure, extensively describing the acoustic feedback of the examined burner configuration.

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