Influence of the Continuous and Dispersed Phases on the Symmetry of a Gas Turbine Air-Blast Atomizer

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V. G. McDonell, G. S. Samuelsen

UCI Combustion Laboratory, UCI Institute for Combustion and Propulsion Sciences and Technology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92717

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 112(1), 44-51 (Jan 01, 1990) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906476 History: Received February 21, 1989; Online April 24, 2008


Current trends in liquid-fueled practical combustion systems are leaving less tolerance for fuel injection deficiencies such as poor spray field symmetry. The present paper evaluates the symmetry of the flowfield produced by a practical airblast atomizer. Specifically, the influence of both the continuous phase and dispersed phase on the spray field symmetry is assessed. In the present case, asymmetry in volume flux is associated principally with disparities in the injection of the dispersed phase, which is manifested by a maldistribution of larger drops. Asymmetries observed in the continuous phase without the dispersed phase are reduced in magnitude by the presence of the dispersed phase, but still contribute to asymmetry in radial spread of the dispersed phase.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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