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Numerical Investigation of a Lean Premixed Swirl-Stabilized Hydrogen Combustor and Operational Conditions Close to Flashback

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D. Mira, O. Lehmkuhl, M. Vázquez, G. Houzeaux

BSC-CNS, Barcelona, Spain

P. Stathopoulos, T. Tanneberger, T. G. Reichel, C. O. Paschereit

Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Paper No. GT2018-76229, pp. V04BT04A009; 13 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 4B: Combustion, Fuels, and Emissions
  • Oslo, Norway, June 11–15, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5106-7
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


The current study presents a numerical investigation of the flow field of a swirl-stabilized burner featuring a non-swirling axial air jet on the central axis of the mixing tube. The system has been designed and optimized to burn hydrogen at the Technische Universität Berlin over the last 6 years in the context of the EU-funded projects GREENEST and AHEAD. As the burner design was based on experimental work, high-fidelity large-eddy simulations (LES) are used to provide deeper understanding on the non-reacting and reacting flow fields to elucidate the occurrence of flashback under certain operating conditions. The experimental measurements suggest that flashback is produced by a velocity deficit at the mixing tube outlet and these conditions are analyzed here using LES. The work includes code validation for non-reacting and reacting conditions by comparison to water tunnel and combustion test rig data, and aims to evaluate the accuracy of LES with a combustion model based on premixed flamelets to predict the reacting flow field under conditions close to flashback.

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