DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Characterization of Transient Wall Heat Load for a Low NOx Lean Premixed Swirl Stabilized Can Combustor Under Reacting Conditions

Srinath EkkadFederico Liberatore


Modern combustor design optimization is contingent on the accurate characterization of the combustor flame side heat loads. Knowledge of regions of high and low heat loads on the liner wall helps designers optimize the cooling designs. The present work focuses on the experimental measurement of the transient heat load along a fused silica (quartz) optical can combustor under reacting conditions for a swirl stabilized premixed methane-air flame. Equivalence ratio was varied from 0.55 to 0.65. Reynolds number based on combustor diameter was varied from 12500 to 18000, where the preheated air temperature was approximately 373 K. The percentage of pilot fuel was varied from 6% to 10% of the main fuel flow rate. Inner and outer walls of the liner were painted with a high temperature flat black paint with an azimuthal offset to aid in infrared measurement of the wall temperature using an infrared camera. Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) was employed to visualize the flow field for various reacting conditions studied in this work. Based on the heat transfer study, a detailed report of transient heat load along the length of the liner wall for varying reacting conditions has been presented here. The location of impingement of the flame...Continue Reading

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