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Experimental Investigation of the Flow Inside a Water Model of a Gas Turbine Combustor: Part 2—Higher Order Moments and Flow Visualization

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J. J. McGuirk, J. M. L. M. Palma

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Mechanical Engineering Department, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2BX, England

J. Fluids Eng 117(3), 459-467 (Sep 01, 1995) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2817284 History: Received February 15, 1993; Revised February 23, 1995; Online December 04, 2007

Abstract

The measurements of mean and turbulent quantities presented in Part 1 showed a strong influence of the primary jet system and evidence of the existence of bimodal distributions of the azimuthal velocity was also noted. Due to the importance of this phenomenon for combustor operation, a further study was carried out and measurements of higher order moments (skewness and flatness) were taken, followed by spectral analysis and high-speed flow visualization. These showed that, under the present flow conditions, the time behavior of the six radially impinging primary jets is similar to that encountered in single jet instability studies, with a dominant frequency corresponding to a Strouhal number of 0.27, when correlated with the primary jet characteristics. The unsteady nature of the flow around the primary jets and the high turbulence anisotropies observed suggest that accurate calculations of gas turbine combustor flows are likely to be impossible with models based on time-averaged version of the governing equations, even with closure at the second moment level.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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