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Studies on a new high-intensity low-emission burner

Kumar, Sudarshan and Paul, PJ and Mukunda, HS (2002) Studies on a new high-intensity low-emission burner. In: Symposium (International) on Combustion : Proceedings, 29 (part 1). pp. 1131-1137.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1540-7489(02)80143-2


This paper presents computational and experimental results on a new burner configuration with a mild combustion concept with heat release rates up to 10 MW/m(3). The burner configuration is shown to achieve mild combustion by using air at ambient temperature at high recirculation rates (similar to250%-290%) both experimentally and computationally. The principal features of the configuration are: (1) a burner with forward exit for exhaust gases; (2) injection of gaseous fuel and air as multiple, alternate, peripheral highspeed jets at the bottom at ambient temperature, thus creating high enough recirculation rates of the hot combustion products into fresh incoming reactants; and (3) use of a suitable geometric artifice-a frustum of a cone to help recirculation. The computational studies have been used to reveal the details of the flow and to optimize the combustor geometry based on recirculation rates. Measures, involving root mean square temperature fluctuations, distribution of temperature and oxidizer concentration inside the proposed burner, and a classical turbulent diffusion jet flame, are used to distinguish between them quantitatively. The system, operated at heat release rates of 2 to 10 MW/m(3) (compared to 0.02 to 0.32 MW/m(3) in the earlier studies), shows a 10-15 dB reduction in noise in the mild combustion mode compared to a simple open-top burner and exhaust NOx emission below 10 ppm for a 3 kW burner with 10% excess air. The peak temperature is measured around 1750 K, approximately 300 K lower than the peak temperature in a conventional burner.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Symposium (International) on Combustion : Proceedings
Publisher: Combustion inst
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Combustion inst.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 06:05
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2011 06:05
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39421

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