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Numerical Analysis on Multi-Field Characteristics and Synergy in a Large-Size Annular Combustion Chamber with Double Swirlers

Zaiguo Fu1, *, Huanhuan Gao1, Zhuoxiong Zeng1, Jiang Liu1

1 College of Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai, 200090, China.

* Corresponding Author: Zaiguo Fu. Email: .

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Advances in Modeling and Simulation of Complex Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow)

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2020, 122(3), 805-830.


In order to comprehensively evaluate the flow and heat transfer performance of a large-size annular combustion chamber of a heavy-duty gas turbine, we carried out numerical computation and analyses on the velocity, temperature and pressure fields in the chamber with double swirlers. The mathematical model of the coupling combustion, gas flow, and heat transfer process was established. The influences of the inlet swirling strength, fuel-air ratio and temperature of the premixed gas on the multi-field characteristics and synergy were investigated on the basis of field synergy theory. The results showed that the central recirculation zone induced by the inlet swirling flow grows downstream in the combustion chamber. The velocity and temperature in the outlet section of the chamber tend to be uniform due to the upstream improved synergy. The outer swirl number of the premixed gas flow has a great influence on the comprehensive flow and heat transfer performance of the combustion chamber. The synergy angles change towards benefiting the synergy between velocity and temperature fields with the increasing swirl numbers and inlet gas temperature while the velocity-pressure synergy becomes poor. The increasing fuel-air ratio of premixed gas leads to different trends of the velocity-temperature synergy and velocity-pressure synergy. The comprehensive synergy representing the low-resistance heat transfer performance is evidently dominated mainly by the velocity-temperature synergy.


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Fu, Z., Gao, H., Zeng, Z., Liu, J. (2020). Numerical Analysis on Multi-Field Characteristics and Synergy in a Large-Size Annular Combustion Chamber with Double Swirlers. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 122(3), 805–830.

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