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Large-Eddy Simulation of Light-Round in an Annular Combustor With Liquid Spray Injection and Comparison With Experiments

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Théa Lancien, Daniel Durox, Sébastien Candel, Ronan Vicquelin

Université Paris-Saclay, Châtenay-Malabry, France

Kevin Prieur

Safran Tech, Magny-Les-Hameaux, France

Paper No. GT2017-64145, pp. V04AT04A069; 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 combined experimental and numerical study of light-round, defined as the flame propagation from burner to burner in an annular combustor, under perfectly premixed conditions has previously demonstrated the ability of large-eddy simulation (LES) to predict such ignition processes in a complex geometry using massively parallel computations. The present investigation aims at developing light-round simulations in a configuration closer to real applications by considering liquid n-heptane injection. The large-eddy simulation of the ignition sequence of a laboratory scale annular combustion chamber comprising sixteen swirled two-phase injectors is carried out with a mono-disperse Eulerian approach for the description of the liquid phase. The objective is to assess this modeling approach to describe the two-phase reactive flow during the ignition process. The simulation results are compared in terms of flame structure and light-round duration to the corresponding experimental images of the flame front recorded by a high-speed intensified CCD camera. The dynamics of the flow is also analyzed to identify and characterize mechanisms controlling flame propagation during the light-round process.

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