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Investigation of the effect of combustor cooling geometry on acoustic energy absorption

Schmidt, J and Bhayaraju, U and Kashinath, K and Hochgreb, S (2010) Investigation of the effect of combustor cooling geometry on acoustic energy absorption. 16th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference (31st AIAA Aeroacoustics Conference).

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To control combustion instabilities occurring in LPP gas turbine combustors, several active and passive systems have been developed in recent years. The combustion chamber cooling geometry has the potential to influence instability feedback loops by absorbing acoustical energy inside the combustor. The design of the cooling liner and the geometry of the cooling plenum and the cooling air flow rate have a significant influence on the absorption characteristics of the system. This paper presents the results of a cold flow study which was carried out in the course of a comprehensive study on the influence of the cooling geometry on combustor thermoacoustics. Absorption characteristics of three different cooling liner geometries and non-perforated plates were determined over a frequency range from 50 Hz to 600 Hz for different cooling flow rates and different cooling plenum volumes. The experimental results compared well with results from a low order thermoacoustic network model. The acoustic energy absorption spectrum of a cooling liner with 90°-hole configuration was found to be strongly dependent on cooling flow rate and cooling plenum volume, whereas the absorption spectrum of cooling liners with 25°-holes were found to be strongly dependent on the cooling plenum volume, but less dependent on the cooling air flow rate. All cooling liner setups with perforations were capable of increased acoustic absorption over a broad band of frequencies compared to the case of non-perforated combustor walls. © 2010 by Johannes Schmidt.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 18:25
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 23:55