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Turbulent combustion simulation in realistic gas-turbine combustors

Zhang, K. (2017). Turbulent combustion simulation in realistic gas-turbine combustors. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)


The work presented in this thesis addresses issues involving the accurate and efficient numerical modelling of turbulence combustion with an emphasis on an industrially representative Tay model combustor. This combustor retained all essential features of a modern aero-engine rich burn combustor and thus the turbulence combustion within this combustor is much more complicated than those observed in the combustor-like burners typically considered in laboratory experiments.

A comparative study of two combustion models based on a non-premixed assumption or a partially premixed assumption using the previously proposed models Zimont Turbulent Flame Speed Closure (ZTFSC) and Extended Coherent Flamelet Method (ECFM)) is presented in a first step. Comprehensive chemical reactions containing 244 reactions and 50 species are taken into account using a tabulated detailed chemistry approach and an assumed shape PDF to account for turbulence effects. The purpose of this study is to validate and compare the effectiveness of these models in predicting complex combustion and to improve upon for the defects observed in previous predictions of the same combustor. It is concluded that the use of models invoking the partially premixed combustion assumption can provide much more accurate results than models using a non-premixed combustion assumption especially in the primary zone of the combustor where turbulence combustion interaction is strong. In addition, certain shortcomings of steady RANS type models are identified as a result of strong unsteady effects and their inability to resolve the turbulence spectrum.

Following this, two URANS models and the scale resolving simulation (SRS) approach such as a shear stress transport, K-omega, scale adaptive simulation (SSTKWSAS) combined with the partially premixed method identified in the first step are employed in a second step to further improve the accuracy achieved and to provide evidence and guidance in terms of the trade-off between accuracy and computational cost for complex turbulent combustion simulations. The second generation SRS model (SSTKWSAS) is applied to the complicated flow environment of a realistic combustor for the first time. The present work highlights the superiority of the combination of the SSTKWSAS approach and a partially premixed combustion model in terms of both accuracy and efficiency for predicting such combustion problems.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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