Use of heat exchanger for passive control of combustion instabilities

A. Surendran, N. Hosseini, O. J. Teerling, M.A. Heckl

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One of the major concerns in the operability of power generation systems is their susceptibility to combustion instabilities. In this work, we aim to examine the effective use of heat exchangers, an integral component in any power generation system, to passively control combustion instability. The combustor is modelled as a quarter-wave resonator (1-D, open at one end, closed at the other) with a compact heat source within, which follows time lag law for heat release. The heat exchanger (hex) is modelled as an array of tubes with bias flow and is placed near the closed end of the resonator, causing it to behave like a cavity-backed slit plate: an effective acoustic absorber. For simplicity and ease of analysis, we treat the physical processes of heat transfer and acoustic scattering occurring at the hex as two individual processes separated by an infinitesimal distance. The aeroacoustic response of the tube array is modelled using a quasi-steady approach and the heat transfer across the hex is modelled by assuming it to be a heat sink. Unsteady numerical simulations were carried out to obtain the heat exchanger transfer function (HTF), which is the response of the heat transfer at hex to upstream velocity perturbations. Combining the aeroacoustic response and the HTF, in the limit of the infinitesimal distance between these processes tending to zero, gives the net influence of the hex. Other parameters of interest are the heat source location and the cavity length (the distance between the tube array and the closed end). We then construct stability maps for the first resonant mode of the aforementioned combustor configuration, for various parameter combinations. Preliminary observations show that stability can be achieved for a wide range of parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Ancient to Modern Acoustic : Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Sound and Vibration, 10-14 July 2016, Athens, Greece
Place of Publications.l.
PublisherInternational Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV)
ISBN (Electronic)978-960-99226-2-3
ISBN (Print)978-960-99226-2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Event23rd International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2016 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 Jul 201614 Jul 2016
Conference number: 23


Conference23rd International Congress on Sound and Vibration, ICSV 2016
Abbreviated titleICSV 2016
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