Experimental evaluation of two premixing-prevaporizing fuel injection concepts for a gas turbine catalytic combustorA premixing-prevaporizing fuel system for a gas turbine catalytic combustor has been developed and evaluated. Spatial fuel distribution and degree of vaporization were measured at inlet temperatures up to 800 K and fuel-air ratios of 0.01 and 0.025. The test pressure was 0.5 MPa; velocity was 20 m/sec. Both a multiple-jet cross-stream injector and a splash-groove injector with a 30 deg air swirler exhibited a uniform fuel distribution and a high degree of vaporization with little total pressure drop. Fuel oxidation reactions were observed at the 800 K inlet air temperature, indicating that a different design concept is necessary for application with an automotive gas turbine.
Tacina, R. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)