An Analysis Of Flow Behavior From A Gas Turbine Combustor Using A Laser Doppler Velcimeter


The purpose of this research was to analyze the flow behavior of air through a combustor and pilot assembly. The combustor was designed to support a combustion flame in gas turbine, and the pilot was the apparatus by which fuel would be supplied to the flame. This research was performed at the University of Central Florida main campus in Orlando, Fl., and was sponsored by Siemens-Westinghouse Power Corporation (SWPC). The combustor and pilot were supplied by SWPC for the purpose of characterizing the flow behavior through them. The focus of the research was to determine the axial and tangential velocity components of the flow. Both components were present due to the fact that the assembly was designed to produce a swirled flow, resulting in a recirculation zone. The main goal of the research conducted was to aid in the combustor design process of SWPC. Measurement of the velocity components was done by using a laser doppler velocimeter (LDV). This research was performed under the supervision of Dr. Ruey-Hung Chen of the Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (MMAE) Department of the University of Central Florida, and will be submitted in partial fulfillment for the Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering. © 2001 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

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40th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit

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Article; Proceedings Paper

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