Experimental Investigation of Global Combustion Characteristics in an Effusion Cooled Single Sector Model Gas Turbine Combustor

  • J. Hermann
  • M. Greifenstein
  • B. Boehm
  • A. Dreizler


This paper presents experimental investigations in an effusion cooled single sector gas turbine combustor under close-to-reality boundary conditions, i.e. elevated pressure and combustor inlet temperature, under varying staging conditions. Flow field, flame structure and gas-phase temperature measurements are performed using particle image velocimetry (PIV), planar laser induced fluorescence of the hydroxyl radical (OH-PLIF) and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS), respectively. Additionally, isothermal mixing of the pilot and main stage is investigated using Acetone-PLIF. The influence of the pilot on the measured quantities can be identified up to 30 mm downstream of the burner head plate. These measurements are conducted within a novel test rig dedicated to the investigation of swirl-stabilized pressurized flames and effusion-cooling. The rig features full optical access for non-intrusive laser diagnostics from three sides and a modular effusion liner geometry. Important process parameters can be controlled independently in a wide range, providing a high versatility and reliability in terms of boundary conditions. Oxidizer and cooling air mass flows can be conditioned independently to 773 K and 973 K, respectively. Fuel staging can be gradually varied between 0% (fully premixed) and 100% (pilot only) at thermal loads up to 150 kW and a maximum pressure of 1,0 MPa. A movable block radial swirler allows for varying geometrical swirl numbers.


Pressurized gas turbine combustor Partially-premixed combustion Lean-premixed combustion Swirl flame Effusion wall cooling PIV Acetone-LIF OH-LIF CARS 



Funding by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through project DR374/12-1 is greatly acknowledged.

Funding Information

This study was funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through project DR374/12-1.

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Conflict of interests

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technical University DarmstadtInstitute for Reactive Flows and DiagnosticsDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Technical University DarmstadtInstitute for Energy and Power Plant TechnologyDarmstadtGermany

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