Fundamental Studies to Enable Robust, Reliable, Low Emission Gas Turbine Combustion of High Hydrogen Content Fuels

 

Performer: 
Regents of the University of Michigan
University of Michigan Rapid Compression Facility.
University of Michigan Rapid Compression Facility.
Website:  Regents of the University of Michigan
Award Number:  FE0007465
Project Duration:  10/01/2011 – 09/30/2015
Total Award Value:  $635,561.00
DOE Share:  $499,998.00
Performer Share:  $135,563.00
Technology Area:  Advanced Energy Systems
Key Technology:  Hydrogen Turbines
Location:  Ann Arbor, Michigan

Project Description

At the University of Michigan’s Rapid Compression Facility (RCF), experiments will be conducted to extend the high-quality, low-uncertainty experimental database of high hydrogen content (HHC) combustion kinetic benchmarks over a range of operating conditions, including pressures (10–25 atmospheres), temperatures (700–1700K), and the effects of dilution with exhaust gases (where uncertainties in third body coefficients become particularly important). Flammability limits and flame/auto-ignition inter-actions will be determined computationally and experimentally. The RCF data will provide rigorous targets for development of accurate, well validated, detailed, and reduced chemical kinetic reaction mechanisms for HHC combustion, including nitrogen oxide (NOx) chemistry.

Project Benefits

This project will expand the experimental database of high hydrogen content (HHC) combustion kinetic benchmarks. Improving benchmark data for HHC fuels will improve the tools available for hydrogen combustor designs that will produce fewer emissions at higher temperatures. Specifically this project will conduct Rapid Compression Facility experiments to extend the high-quality, low-uncertainty experimental database of HHC combustion kinetic benchmarks at operating conditions including high pressures, high temperatures, and the effects of dilution with exhaust gases.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Mark C. Freeman: mark.freeman@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager 
Richard Dennis: richard.dennis@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator 
Margaret Wooldridge: mswool@umich.edu
 

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