Vibration prediction in combustion chambers by coupling finite elements and large eddy simulations

R.A. Huls, A.X. Sengissen, Peter van der Hoogt, Jacobus B.W. Kok, T. Poinsot, Andries de Boer

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To decrease NOx emissions from combustion systems, lean premixed combustion is used. A disadvantage is the higher sensitivity to combustion instabilities, leading to increased sound pressure levels in the combustor and resulting in an increased excitation of the surrounding structure: the liner. This causes fatigue, which limits the life time of the combustor. This paper presents a method to calculate these liner vibrations. The time-dependent pressures on the liner are calculated using large eddy simulation (LES) for both steady combustion and combustion with a pulsated fuel flow. These pressures are interpolated on a finite element grid and used in a transient analysis with a finite element model of the liner structure. The calculated vibrations agree well with experiments made on a 500kW test rig.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)224-229
JournalJournal of sound and vibration
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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