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Flame Dynamics Intermittency in the Bi-Stable Region Near a Subcritical Hopf Bifurcation

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D. Ebi

Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland

A. Denisov

Hochschule für Technik FHNW, Windisch, Switzerland

G. Bonciolini, E. Boujo, N. Noiray

ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Paper No. GT2017-64943, pp. V04BT04A058; 8 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 ASME


We report experimental evidence of thermoacoustic bi-stability in a lab-scale turbulent combustor over a well-defined range of fuel-air equivalence ratios. Pressure oscillations are characterized by an intermittent behavior with “bursts”, i.e. sudden jumps between low and high amplitudes occurring at random time instants. The corresponding probability density functions of the acoustic pressure signal show clearly separated maxima when the burner is operated in the bi-stable region. A flame describing function, which links acoustic pressure to heat release rate fluctuations, is estimated at the modal frequency from simultaneously recorded flame chemiluminescence and acoustic pressure. The representation of its statistics is new and particularly informative. It shows that this describing function is characterized, in average, by a nearly constant gain and by a significant drift of the phase as function of the oscillation amplitude. This finding suggests that the bi-stability does not result from an amplitude-dependent balance between flame gain and acoustic damping, but rather from the non-constant phase difference between the acoustic pressure and the coherent fluctuations of heat release rate.

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