Characterisation of Interaction between Combustion Dynamics and Equivalence Ratio oscillations in a pressurised combustor

Jaap F. van Kampen, Jim B.W. Kok

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    In regular operation, all gas turbine combustors have a significant spontaneous noise level induced by the turbulent high power flame. This noise is characteristic for the operation as it is the result of the interaction between turbulence and combustion. Pressure fluctuations may also be generated by thermoacoustic instabilities induced by amplification by the flame of the acoustic field in the combustor. This paper focuses on the characterisation of the latter process, the combustion dynamics, in a pressurized premixed natural gas combustor. In order to predict the thermo-acoustically unstable operating ranges of modern gas-turbines with the use of an acoustic network model, it is essential to determine accurately the flame transfer function. This transfer function gives the relationship between a perturbation upstream of the flame and its combustion response, leading to acoustic forcing. In this paper, the flame transfer function is obtained by experimental means in a combustor test rig. This test rig was built in the framework of the European DESIRE project, and has the ability to perform thermo-acoustic measurements up to an absolute pressure of 5 bars. The maximum power of the setup is 500 kW.
    The paper presents a method to determine the flame transfer function by factorizing it in six subfunctions. Systematically these subfunctions are determined. With the method presented, acoustic measurements on the steady, unperturbed flame and on the unsteady, actively perturbed flame are performed. The effect of pressure is investigated. The steady measurements are used to provide an acousto-combustion finger print of the combustor. In the unsteady measurements, the flame transfer function is reconstructed from the measured acoustic pressures. These flame transfer functions are compared to transfer functions obtained from a numerical experiment in CFD. Good agreement is obtained.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)219-252
    JournalInternational journal of spray and combustion dynamics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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