Turbulent combustion modeling using Flamelet-Generated Manifolds for Gas Turbine applications in OpenFOAM

A. Fancello, L. Panek, O. Lammel, W. Krebs, R.J.M. Bastiaans, L.P.H. de Goey

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The continuous interest in reducing pollutions and developing both an efficient and clean combustion system require large attention in the design requirements, especially when related to industrial gas turbine application. Although in recent years the advancements in modelling have increased dramatically, combustion still needs a huge computational effort. The Flamelet-Generated Manifolds (FGM) method is considered a suitable solution with an accuracy that can be comparable with detailed chemistry simulations results. The full combustion system can be described by few controlling variables while the chemical details are stored in a database (manifold) as function of controlling variables. Transport equations are solved for the Navier-Stokes system and the controlling variables. The detailed chemistry code Chem1D is used to create the manifolds. Turbulence can be modeled using a PDF approach for the subgrid modeling of the chemistry terms. The OpenFOAM open source CFD package is used as CFD tool for the simulations. The aim of this work is to demonstrate the usage of FGM with OpenFOAM and figure out the status of the implementation. To achieve this goal, the work employs as test case a confined lean jet flame is used. For the case presented, an extensive experimental data set exist, including PIV and Raman data. Results are further compared with traditional methods, while FGM method might be easily extended to other scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition (GT2014), June 16-20, 2014, Dusseldorf, Germany
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7918-4560-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventASME Turbo Expo 2014, June 16–20, 2014, Düsseldorf, Germany - Düsseldorf, Germany
Duration: 16 Jun 201420 Jun 2014


ConferenceASME Turbo Expo 2014, June 16–20, 2014, Düsseldorf, Germany
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