Comparison of the flow field of a swirl stabilized premixed burner in an annular and a single burner combustion chamber

D. Fanaca, P. R. Alemela, C. Hirsch, T. Sattelmayer

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Abstract

An experimental investigation of the flow field of a 12 burner annular combustor and a single burner combustor with the same burner was performed. It has revealed the aerodynamic effect, which causes the discrepancies in the flame transfer function behavior measured at the same operating conditions in the single and the annular combustion chambers. The results have shown significant differences in the flow field. In particular, it is seen that for the investigated system in the annular combustor a free swirling jet flow forms, while in the single burner configuration, a swirling wall jet flow regime exists. In this paper, we discuss the physical mechanism and show how to generalize an earlier finding, which identified a critical confinement value for a given swirler. We propose a new correlation for coswirling burners, which explains the changes found for the investigated system. It compares also well with the experimental data from other burner geometries. The correlation should allow to design single burner tests as to match the annular combustor flow regime.

Original languageEnglish
Article number071502
JournalJournal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
Volume132
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

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