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C01: Experimental and numerical simulation of combustor-plenum-interactions for pulsating combustion

Principal investigator:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rupert Klein ()
Prof. Dr. Kilian Oberleithner )

Scientist: Maikel Nadolski ()

Scientist: Mohammad Rezay Haghdoost ()


Pulsating combustion leads to unwanted fluctuations of flow quantities at the compressor and the turbine. The goal of this project is to reduce these fluctuations and to minimize the losses. The project starts with an experimental and numerical investigation of generic plena to identify the dominant interaction mechanisms and to validate the numerical scheme. Thereafter, the simulations are extended to plena with complex geometries to develop concepts for highest efficiency and best performance. The best solutions are validated experimentally and integrated into thermodynamic models of the entire gas turbine.


B. Thethy, M. Rezay Haghdoost, K. Oberleithner, D. Honnery and D. Edgington-Mitchel: Influence of Nozzle Geometry on Detonation-Driven and Shock-Driven Transient Supersonic Jet Flow; ISABE - International Society for Air Breathing Engines 2019.

Gokhale N., Nikiforakis N., Klein R.: A dimensionally split Cartesian cut cell method for hyperbolic conservation laws, Comput. Phys., pp. 186 - 208, 2018.

Bennett W.P., Nikiforakis N., Klein R.: A Moving Boundary Flux Stabilization Method for Cartesian Cut-Cell Grids using Directional Operator Splitting, Comput. Phys., pp. 333 - 358, 2018.

Gokhale N., Nikiforakis N., Klein R.: A dimensionally split Cartesian cut cell method for the compressible Navier-Stokes equations, Comput. Phys., 1205 - 1219, 2018.

Nadolski, M.; Haghdoost, M. Rezay; Gray, J. A. T.: Edgington-Mitchell, D.; Oberleithner, K.; Klein, R.: Validation of Under-Resolved Numerical Simulations of the PDC Exhaust Flow Based on High Speed Schlieren. In: Active Flow and Combustion Control 2018 141, S. 237-253. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98177-2_15, 2019.

Rezay Haghdoost, Mohammad and Edgington-Mitchell, Daniel M and Paschereit, Christian O and Oberleithner, Kilian (2019). Investigation of the Exhaust Flow of a Pulse Detonation Combustor at different Operating Conditions based on High-Speed Schlieren and PIV.  AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, 1512.

Rezay Haghdoost, Mohammad and Förster, Jonas and Edgington-Mitchell, Daniel and Oberleithner, Kilian (2018). Experimental Investigation of Solid Tracer Particle Response Across a Mach Disk by PIV and Schlieren.  19th International Symposium on Applications of Laser and Imaging Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, July 16-19, Lisbon, Portugal

Rezay Haghdoost, Mohammad and Nadolski, Maikel and Edgington-Mitchell, Daniel and Klein, Rupert and Oberleithner, Kilian (2017). Experimental and numerical investigation of the exhaust flow of a pulse detonation combustor.  International Constant Volume and Detonation Combustion Workshop, Poitiers, France. International Constant Volume and Detonation Combustion Workshop.

Lang, H and Oberleithner, Kilian and Paschereit, C. O. and Moritz, Sieber (2017). Measurement of the fluctuating temperature field in a heated swirling jet with BOS tomography.  Experiments in Fluids. Springer Nature, 88.

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