Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Combustion, Fuels, and Emissions

Large Eddy Simulation of Light-Round in an Annular Combustor With Liquid Spray Injection and Comparison With Experiments

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Théa Lancien

Laboratoire EM2C,
CNRS, CentraleSupélec,
Université Paris-Saclay,
Gif-sur-Yvette 91190, France
e-mail: thea.lancien@centraliens.net

Kevin Prieur

Safran Tech, E&P,
Magny-Les-Hameaux 78772, France;
Laboratoire EM2C,
CNRS, CentraleSupélec,
Université Paris-Saclay,
Gif-sur-Yvette 91190, France

Daniel Durox, Sébastien Candel, Ronan Vicquelin

Laboratoire EM2C,
CNRS, CentraleSupélec,
Université Paris-Saclay,
Gif-sur-Yvette 91190, France

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Combustion and Fuels Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Manuscript received July 10, 2017; final manuscript received July 20, 2017; published online October 10, 2017. Editor: David Wisler.

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 140(2), 021504 (Oct 10, 2017) (10 pages) Paper No: GTP-17-1328; doi: 10.1115/1.4037827 History: Received July 10, 2017; Revised July 20, 2017

The light-round is defined as the process by which the flame initiated by an ignition spark propagates from burner to burner in an annular combustor, eventually leading to a stable combustion. Combining experiments and numerical simulation, it was recently demonstrated that under perfectly premixed conditions, this process could be suitably described by large eddy simulation (LES) using massively parallel computations. The present investigation aims at developing light-round simulations in a configuration that is closer to that found in aero-engines by considering liquid n-heptane injection. The LES of the ignition sequence of a laboratory scale annular combustion chamber comprising sixteen swirled spray injectors is carried out with a monodisperse Eulerian approach for the description of the liquid phase. The objective is to assess this modeling approach of the two-phase reactive flow during the ignition process. The simulation results are compared in terms of flame structure and light-round duration to the corresponding experimental images of the flame front recorded by a high-speed intensified charge-coupled device camera and to the corresponding experimental delays. The dynamics of the flow is also analyzed to identify and characterize mechanisms controlling flame propagation during the light-round process.

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Fig. 1

Direct view of the MICCA-Spray combustion chamber. The sketch at the bottom right represents a cut of the swirler unit showing the gaseous (G arrows) and liquid (L arrow) injection.

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Fig. 2

Schematic top view of the MICCA-Spray backplane showing the swirlers positions, pressure taps and spark plug, extracted from Ref. [5]

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Fig. 3

Axial slice of the computational domain with the plenum, the chamber and the outer atmosphere. The axial co-flow is represented by vertical arrows.

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Fig. 4

Single burner computational domain with an axial slice of the mesh. The outer atmospheric domain is not shown.

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Fig. 5

Mean velocity profiles for the gas phase at x = 2.5 mm (left) and x = 7.5 mm (right) from the chamber backplane: axial velocity (top) and azimuthal velocity (bottom). Lines indicate numerical results: gaseous (plain line) and two-phase flow (dashed line) simulations. Experimental results are depicted by symbols: gaseous (circles) and two-phase (diamonds) experiments.

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Fig. 6

Mean tangential velocity profile for the liquid phase at x = 7.5 mm. –: Numerical results; experimental profiles: : dl = 2–3 μm; : dl = 10–12 μm; : dl = 20–23 μm; : dl = 23–36 μm; : dl = 26–30 μm. : dl = 30–34 μm.

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Fig. 7

Relative error in the numerical approximation of the two-phase laminar burning velocity Slt−p

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Fig. 8

Global equivalence ratio inside the bi-sector domain. •: Numerical values and : exponential fit.

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Fig. 9

Comparison between experimental and numerical flame configurations at six initial instants during the light-round process, t = 5 ms (top left), t = 15 ms (middle left), t = 20 ms (bottom left), t = 30 ms (top right), t = 40 ms (middle right), and t = 47 ms (bottom right)

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Fig. 10

Time evolution of the integrated heat release rate over the whole chamber (plain line) and the experimental integrated heat release over the whole chamber (symbols), normalized by their respective maximum

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Fig. 11

Evolution of the leading point velocity as a function of the angular position for the flame propagating for both the H+ and H− sides. A linear approximation of the azimuthal velocity is also shown as a dashed line.

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Fig. 12

Light-round durations as a function of the global equivalence ratio. Diamond symbols stand for experimental results. The duration predicted by the simulation is depicted by the full circle.

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Fig. 13

Visualization of the local droplet diameter on a cylinder of radius r = 0.175 m unfolded on a plane surface. The lateral sides of the unfolded cylinder correspond to the location of the first ignited injector. A zoom of the dashed rectangle is shown in Fig. 15.

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Fig. 14

Visualization of the local gaseous equivalence ratio on an unfolded cylinder of radius r = 0.175 m. The lateral sides of the unfolded cylinder correspond to the location of the first ignited injector. A zoom of the dashed rectangle is shown on Fig. 15.

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Fig. 15

Zoom on the left flame front (see Figs. 13 and 14 for the zoom area) of the equivalence ratio field (left) and the droplet diameter (right) at t = 30 ms

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Fig. 16

Field of Takeno index, multiplied by the absolute value of heat release at t = 30 ms. Positive values indicate premixed combustion regime areas while negative values indicate diffusion regime areas.

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Fig. 17

Visualization of the tangential velocity at one instant in time t = 27.5 ms. Velocities are counted positive from left to right.



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