RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Combustion and Fuels

Evaluation of CH4/NOx Reduced Mechanisms Used for Modeling Lean Premixed Turbulent Combustion of Natural Gas

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H. P. Mallampalli, T. H. Fletcher

Chemical Engineering Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602-4100

J. Y. Chen

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 120(4), 703-712 (Oct 01, 1998) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2818457 History: Received October 03, 1997; Online November 19, 2007


This study has identified useful reduced kinetic schemes that can be used in comprehensive multidimensional gas-turbine combustor models. Reduced mechanisms lessen computational cost and possess the capability to accurately predict the overall flame structure, including gas temperatures and key intermediate species such as CH4 , CO, and NOx . In this study, four new global mechanisms with five, six, seven, and nine steps based on the full GRI 2.11 mechanism, were developed and evaluated for their potential to model natural gas chemistry (including NOx chemistry) in gas turbine combustors. These new reduced mechanisms were optimized to model the high pressure and fuel-lean conditions found in gas turbines operating in the lean premixed mode. Based on perfectly stirred reactor (PSR) and premixed code calculations, the five-step reduced mechanism was identified as a promising model that can be used in a multidimensional gas-turbine code for modeling lean-premixed, high-pressure turbulent combustion of natural gas. Predictions of temperature, CO, CH4 , and NO from the five-to nine-step reduced mechanisms agree within 5 percent of the predictions from the full kinetic model for 1 < pressure (atm) < 30, and 0.6 < φ < 1.0. If computational costs due to additional global steps are not severe, the newly developed nine step global mechanism, which is a little more accurate and provided the least convergence problems, can be used. Future experimental research in gas turbine combustion will provide more accurate data, which will allow the formulation of better full and reduced mechanisms. Also, improvement in computational approaches and capabilities will allow the use of reduced mechanisms with larger global steps, perhaps full mechanisms.

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