The Effect of Partial Premixing and Heat Loss on the Reacting Flow Field Prediction of a Swirl Stabilized Gas Turbine Model Combustor

Simon Gövert*, Daniel Mira, Jim B.W. Kok, Mariano Vázquez, Guillaume Houzeaux

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    Abstract

    This work addresses the prediction of the reacting flow field in a swirl stabilized gas turbine model combustor using large-eddy simulation. The modeling of the combustion chemistry is based on laminar premixed flamelets and the effect of turbulence-chemistry interaction is considered by a presumed shape probability density function. The prediction capabilities of the presented combustion model for perfectly premixed and partially premixed conditions are demonstrated. The effect of partial premixing for the prediction of the reacting flow field is assessed by comparison of a perfectly premixed and partially premixed simulation. Even though significant mixture fraction fluctuations are observed, only small impact of the non-perfect premixing is found on the flow field and flame dynamics. Subsequently, the effect of heat loss to the walls is assessed assuming perfectly premixing. The adiabatic baseline case is compared to heat loss simulations with adiabatic and non-adiabatic chemistry tabulation. The results highlight the importance of considering the effect of heat loss on the chemical kinetics for an accurate prediction of the flow features. Both heat loss simulations significantly improve the temperature prediction, but the non-adiabatic chemistry tabulation is required to accurately capture the chemical composition in the reacting layers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)503-534
    Number of pages32
    JournalFlow, turbulence and combustion
    Volume100
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

    Keywords

    • UT-Hybrid-D
    • Partial premixing
    • Tabulated chemistry
    • Turbulent combustion
    • Heat loss effects

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