Broad Specification Fuels Combustion Technology Program. Phase 2
PRATT AND WHITNEY EAST HARTFORD CT COMMERCIAL ENGINE BUSINESS
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An experimental evaluation of two advanced technology combustor concepts was conducted to evolve and assess their capability for operation on broadened properties fuels. The concepts were based on the results of Phase I of the Broad Specification Fuel Combustor Technology Program which indicated that combustors with variable geometry or staged combustion zones had a flexibility of operation that could facilitate operation on these fuels. Emphasis in defining these concepts included the use of single pipe as opposed to duplex or staged fuels systems to avoid the risk of coking associated with the reduction in thermal stability expected in broadened properties fuels. The first concept was a variable geometry combustor in which the airflow into the primary zone could be altered through valves on the front while the second was an outgrowth of the staged Vorbix combustor, evolved under the NASAPW ECCP and EEE programs, incorporating simplified fuel and air introduction. The results of the investigation, which involved the use of Experimental Referee Broad Specification ERBS fuel, indicated that in the form initially conceived, both of these combustor concepts were deficient in performance relative to many of the program goals for performance emissions. However, variations of both combustors were evaluated that incorporated features to simulate conceptual enhancement to demonstrate the long range potential of the combustor. In both cases, significant improvements relative to the program goals were observed. Combustion, ERBS Fuel, Turbofan engine, Variable geometry.
- Combustion and Ignition
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines