Lean burn combustion is increasing its popularity in the aeronautical framework due to its potential in reducing drastically pollutant emissions (NOx and soot in particular). Its implementation, however, involves significant issues related to the increased amount of air dedicated to the combustion process, demanding the redesign of injection and cooling systems. A reduced coolant mass flow rate in conjunction with higher compressor discharge temperature negatively affect the cooling potential thus requiring the exploitation of efficient schemes such as effusion cooling.

This work describes the experimental and numerical final validation of an aeronautical effusion-cooled lean-burn combustor. Full annular tests were carried out to measure temperature profiles and metal temperature distributions at different operating conditions of the ICAO cycle. Such an outcome was obtained also with an in-house developed CHT methodology (THERM3D). RANS simulations with the Flamelet Generated Manifold combustion model were performed to estimate aerothermal field and heat loads, while the coupling with a thermal conduction solver returns the most updated wall temperature. The heat sink within the perforation is treated with a 0D correlative model that calculates the heat pickup and the temperature rise of coolant. The results highlight an overall good capability of the proposed approach to estimate the metal temperature distribution at different operating conditions. It is also shown how more advanced scale-resolving simulations could significantly improve the prediction of turbulent mixing and heat loads.

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