Analysis of High-Frequency Dynamics of a Reacting Jet in Crossflow Based on Large Eddy Simulation

Philip Bonnaire, Wolfgang Polifke

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Distributed combustion systems have shown the potential to reduce emissions as well as increase load and fuel flexibility. A characteristic feature of such systems is a reacting jet in crossflow, which exhibits complex vortical structures. In this paper, a generic combustion chamber with elliptic reacting jets in crossflow is examined, operating under lean-premixed conditions at elevated pressure and exhibiting high-frequency transverse mode shapes. It can be seen that depending on the orientation of the elliptical shape of the jet to the crossflow, thermoacoustic modes can be suppressed. A multidimensional fast Fourier transform shows that low aspect ratios (major axis of the jet aligned with the crossflow) result in the mixed 1L1T mode of first longitudinal and first transverse structure, while this mode disappears at high aspect ratios. To get a more detailed insight into the different vortex systems of the various aspect ratios, dynamic mode decomposition is applied. This modal decomposition technique reveals for low aspect ratios a shear layer mode that oscillates at a frequency close to the acoustic mixed mode. For this configuration, a mode representing a flapping motion is also identified. For high aspect ratios, the shear layer vortex increases its frequency and a higher-frequent mode appears in the acoustic spectrum.

Original languageEnglish
Article number031002
JournalJournal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2024


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