Effect of nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges on the dynamics of a swirl-stabilized lean premixed flame

Deanna Lacoste*, J. P. Moeck, D. Durox, C. O. Laux, T. Schuller

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Abstract

The effects of Nanosecond Repetitively Pulsed (NRP) plasma discharges on the dynamics of a swirl-stabilized lean pre-mixed flame are investigated experimentally. Voltage pulses of8-kV amplitude and 10-ns duration are applied at a repetition rate of 30 kHz. The average electric power deposited by the plasma is limited to 40 W, corresponding to less than 1 % of the thermal power of 4 kW released by the flame. The investigation is carried out with a dedicated experimental setup that allows for studies of the flame dynamics with applied plasma discharges. A loudspeaker is used to perturb the flame acoustically, and the discharges are generated between a central pin electrode and the rim of the injection tube. Velocity and CH* chemiluminescence signals are used to determine the flame transfer function assuming that plasma discharges do not affect the correlation between CH* emission and heat release rate fluctuations. Phase-locked images of the CH* emission were recorded to assess the effect of the plasma on the oscillation of the flame. The results show a strong influence of the NRP discharges on the flame response to acoustic perturbations, thus opening interesting perspectives for combustion control. An interpretation of the modifications observed in the transfer function of the flame is proposed by taking into account the thermal and chemical effects of the discharges. It is then demonstrated that by applying NRP discharges at unstable conditions, the oscillation amplitudes can be reduced by an order of magnitude, thus effectively stabilizing the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME Turbo Expo 2013
Subtitle of host publicationTurbine Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2013
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 17 2013
EventASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2013 - San Antonio, Tx, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2013Jun 7 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo
Volume1 A

Other

OtherASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, Tx
Period06/3/1306/7/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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