Calculations of Fuel NO Formation in a Gas Turbine Combustor PUBLIC ACCESS

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Thomas J. Overcamp, Ajay K. Agrawal, Wei-Seng Cheng, Tah-Teh Yang

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Paper No. 91-GT-361, pp. V003T06A031; 8 pages
  • ASME 1991 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 3–6, 1991
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7900-9
  • Copyright © 1991 by ASME


PCGC-2, a two-dimensional combustion code for pulverized coal gasification and combustion, and PHOENICS, a general purpose fluid dynamics code, were adapted for use in simulating the conversion of fuel nitrogen to nitric oxide, NO, in a gas turbine combustor using low-Btu fuel. A two-reaction global mechanism was used to describe the oxidation of fuel nitrogen. PCGC-2 is limited to two-dimensional, axisymmetric calculations. Both two- and three-dimensional simulations were made with PHOENICS. A parametric study was conducted to determine the variation of fuel nitrogen conversion with changes in the input variables including the inlet fuel nitrogen concentration and swirl numbers. The fuel nitrogen conversion predicted with both codes is similar to those reported in experimental studies on gaseous fuels. The conversion decreased with increasing fuel nitrogen inputs as shown in experimental data. The fuel conversion predicted in three-dimensional simulations for an industrial gas turbine was slightly higher than those in simplified two-dimensional simulations.

Copyright © 1991 by ASME
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