Modern concepts for reducing thermal NO emissions require the use of very lean fuel/air mixtures. Therefore a problem of lean quench should be solved during design process of gas turbine combustor and it’s operational development. Since maintenance of flame stability for wide range of gas turbine engine operational modes is essential, therefore there is a great demand for models which are able to predict lean blow out limits of turbulent, premixed and partially premixed, aerodynamically stabilized flames. In this paper a model describing flame destabilization process is presented. This model takes into account various physical processes, which lead to flame destabilization. The model is based on equation for reaction progress variable. An expression of source term of this equation contains turbulent flame speed, which is calculated with the use of Zimont’s formula modification, proposed by authors. The results of simulation were compared with test results for our lean premixed combustor. Fuel mass flow rate of pilot zone was decreased during test until heat release of pilot flame front became insufficient and couldn’t support a combustion process in a lean premixed zone. Our simulation with modified model allows to get prediction of lean blowout limit.
Modeling Approach for Lean Blowout Phenomenon
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Kutsenko, YG, Onegin, SF, Gomzikov, LY, Belokon’, A, & Zakharov, V. "Modeling Approach for Lean Blowout Phenomenon." Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2007: Power for Land, Sea, and Air. Volume 2: Turbo Expo 2007. Montreal, Canada. May 14–17, 2007. pp. 543-549. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2007-27699
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