In order to deepen the knowledge of the interaction between modern lean burn combustors and high pressure turbines, a real scale annular three sector combustor simulator has been assembled at University of Florence, with the goal of investigating and characterizing the generated flow field. To generate hot streaks and simulate lean burn combustors behavior, the rig is equipped with axial swirlers, fed by main air flow that is heated up to 531 K, and liners with effusion cooling holes that are fed by air at ambient temperature. The three sector configuration is used to reproduce the periodicity on the central sector.
Ducts of different lengths have been mounted on the swirlers to reduce the interaction of the mainstream with the coolant. Such configurations have been tested, using different measurement techniques, in order to highlight the differences in the resulting flow fields.
The work presented in this paper shows the experimental campaign carried out to investigate the flow turbulence at combustor exit, in isothermal conditions, by means of hot wire anemometry. The goal has been achieved by investigating each test point twice, using an automatic traverse system equipped, in turn, with two split-fiber probes, that allow to measure the velocity components on two planes orthogonal to each other. A method for the time correlation of the signals obtained by the two different tests has been used.
In order to analyse the turbulence decay towards the vanes location, such measurements have been performed on two different planes: one located in correspondence of the combustor exit and the further one placed downstream, in the virtual location of the vanes leading edges.