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Experimental Investigation of Self-Excited Combustion Instabilities in a Lean, Premixed, Gas Turbine Combustor at High Pressure

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Timo Buschhagen, Rohan Gejji, John Philo, Carson D. Slabaugh

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Lucky Tran

University Central Florida, Orlando, FL

J. Enrique Portillo Bilbao

Siemens Energy, Inc., Orlando, FL

Paper No. GT2017-64614, pp. V04BT04A034; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 4B: Combustion, Fuels and Emissions
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5085-5
  • Copyright © 2017 by Siemens Energy, Inc.


An experimental investigation of self-excited combustion instabilities in a high pressure, single-element, lean, premixed, natural gas dump-combustor is presented in this paper. The combustor is designed for optical access and is instrumented with high frequency pressure transducers at multiple axial locations. A parametric survey of operating conditions including inlet air temperature and equivalence ratio has been performed, which presents a wide range of peak to peak pressure fluctuations (p′) of the mean chamber pressure (pc). Two cases, Flame A and B with p′ /pc = 28% and p′/pc = 15% respectively, both presenting self-excited instabilities at the fundamental longitudinal (1L) mode of the combustion chamber, are discussed to study the coupling mechanism between flame-vortex interactions and the acoustic field in the chamber. OH*-chemiluminescence is used to obtain a map of global heat release distribution in the combustor. Phase conditioned analysis and Dynamic Mode Decomposition (DMD) analysis is performed, to highlight the contrasting mechanisms that lead to the two distinct instability regimes. Flame interactions with shear layer vortex structures just downstream of the dump plane during the compression phase of the acoustic cycle are found to augment the instability amplitude. Flame A engages strongly in this coupling, whereas Flame B is less affected and establishes a lower amplitude limit cycle.

Copyright © 2017 by Siemens Energy, Inc.



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