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Gas Turbine Combustion Short Course



Schematic Depiction of the Complex Aerothermochemistry
Occurring in Gas Turbine Combustion.


In March, Professor Scott Samuelsen, Professor Vince McDonell, and Dr. Ashok Rao, from the UCI Combustion Laboratory along with expert engineers from gas turbine manufacturing companies, Solar Turbines and Capstone Turbines, delivered the annual Gas Turbine Combustion Short Course. This course is inspired by the practical perspective and teachings of Arthur Lefebvre, a legendary engineer and scientist who advanced gas turbine technologies throughout his illustrious industrial and academic career. During the course students gain an in-depth look at the key factors influencing gas turbine combustion, and receive extensive course notes and the textbook "Gas Turbine Combustion, 3rd edition" by Arthur Lefebvre and Dilip Ballal. The course includes a welcome reception and a banquet to help facilitate further interaction among students and instructors. The next offering is March 16th - 20th, 2015.

From CFD to Reactor Networks

summary cfd flowfield

Summary CFD of Flowfeid and NOx Results.


Through a new California Energy Commission project, UCICL researchers are working to combine the best of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with chemical kinetic solvers. The result is a "reactor network" which in principle provides the power of using detailed chemical kinetics with CFD results. Reactor Networks are important for understanding the details of pollutant formation, while retaining key information readily provided by CFD about the combustion flow field. This methodology is being applied to different burner configurations and fuel classes to understand in a general sense how fuel composition might impact pollutant emissions. Unsurprisingly, emissions performance is configuration dependent; however by selecting different burner configurations that are most commonly used, a somewhat general outcome can be attained. The details from the reactor network also allows insight into how the burner configuration might be altered to improve emissions performance. Learn more about Reactor Networks HERE.



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