RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Combustion and Fuels

Lean Blowout in a Research Combustor at Simulated Low Pressures

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G. J. Sturgess

Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT 06108

S. P. Heneghan, M. D. Vangsness, D. R. Ballal

University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 44444

A. L. Lesmerises

WRDC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 44135

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 118(4), 773-781 (Oct 01, 1996) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2816993 History: Received March 01, 1991; Online November 19, 2007


A propane-fueled research combustor has been designed to represent the essential features of primary zones of combustors for aircraft gas turbine engines in an investigation of lean blowouts. The atmospheric pressure test facility being used for the investigation made it difficult to approach the maximum heat release condition of the research combustor directly. High combustor loadings were achieved through simulating the effects on chemical reaction rates of subatmospheric pressures by means of a nitrogen diluent technique. A calibration procedure is described, and correlated experimental lean blowout results are compared with well-stirred reactor calculations for the research combustor to confirm the efficacy of the calibration.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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