This paper presents a system for the active control of the fuel split within a two-stream Dry Low Emissions (DLE) gas turbine. The system adjusts the fuel split based upon the amplitude of combustor pressure fluctuations and burner metal temperature. The active control system, its implementation and its performance during engine tests on Siemens SGT-200 is described. The paper describes the active fuel split control algorithm. Engine test results are then presented for steady and transient loads with different rates of change of the engine operation temperature, including rapid load acceptance and load shedding. Additionally, cycling operating conditions were tested to evaluate the performance of the algorithm in typical island mode and mechanical drive applications. The active control algorithm was successful in providing stable and reliable control of the turbine allowing very low emissions levels to be attained without manual intervention. In fact it allows areas to be reached that until now were excluded. The impact of operational parameter changes (e.g. load change, ambient temperature, fuel composition etc.) on the engine operability proved the active control software’s ability to respond seamlessly. In addition, it prevented flameout and/or high pressure fluctuation while keeping burner temperatures within limits. Recorded emissions showed a reduction in NOx was achieved when the fuel split was controlled by the algorithm compared to standard operation. This was a direct result of the algorithm successfully identifying the lean stability limit and operating close to it.

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