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Influence of the continuous and dispersed phases on the symmetry of a gas turbine air-blast atomizer

  • Author(s): McDonell, VG
  • Samuelsen, GS
  • et al.

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Copyright © 1989 by ASME. Current trends in liquid-fueled practical combustion systems are leaving less tolerance for fuel injection deficiencies such as poor spray field symmetry. The present paper evaluates the symmetry of the flowfield produced by a practical air-blast atomizer. Specifically, the influence of both the continuous phase and dispersed phase on the sprayfield symmetry is assessed. In the present case, asymmetry in volume flux is associated principally with disparities in the injection of the dispersed phase, which is manifested by a maldistribution of larger drops. Asymmetries observed in the continuous phase without the dispersed phase are reduced in magnitude by the presence of the dispersed phase, but still contribute to asymmetry in radial spread of the dispersed phase.

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