The current contribution of gas turbine engines to air pollution is small. Improved control of emissions from other sources, increased use of gas turbines, and changes in gas turbine emission characteristics may cause the air pollution contribution of gas turbines to become more significant. A laboratory model gas turbine combustor was used for investigation of the internal burned gas composition. Of particular concern was nitric oxide. It was found that nitric oxide concentration is controlled by the kinetics of its formation. Evidence of the chemical kinetic behavior of carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons also was obtained.

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