ASME Turbo Expo 2019: Mathematics to Shape

Mathematics to shape and feature integration:
discover new ways to design a burner with the model CBO4!

CBOne is present at the ASME Turbo Expo 2019, in Phoenix Arizona, from the 17th to the 21st of June.

Mrs. Moosbrugger will present our latest progress on Additive Manufacturing for burner design.

Moosbrugger V., Giuliani F., Paulitsch N., Andracher L. 
Progress in burner design using additive manufacturing with a monolithic approach and added features.
Session 4-2 Combustor Design and Development - Design Methods



Additive manufacturing (AM) is a promising technology for producing better burners. Achieving better energy efficiency on a system level (CO2 emissions) and lower NOx, particulate emissions and CO, as directed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards, is a priority for all aircraft and aircraft engine manufacturers. At the current state-of-the-art, technologies like Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) offer a certain freedom of design one can make good use of. Instead of starting from an established conventional burner design and improve it using AM, the proposed approach in this paper is to define from scratch a design that maximises the potential benefits of AM towards a better burner. However, there are a few playing rules one must be aware of. The design, manufacturing and testing of a staged premixed burner with separate injection ramp was done as the follow-up of paper GT2018-75165 where new swirler shapes had been assessed. For this paper a monolithic, profiled burner design for premixed injection was tested for low-emission combustion. Additional features were included and assessed. Early combustion experiments are described and supported with function tests using a carefully selected instrumentation.



All topics described in this article are supported financially by the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) and by the BMVIT (Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology).

More specifically, the topic burner instrumentation is part of the explorative project ”rePorT” (Instrumented fuel injection ports for advanced monitoring of the injection in the combustor of an aeroengine, contract 850454, CBOne stand-alone).

The burner design is part of the collaborative research ”emootion” (Engine health monitoring and refined combustion control based on optical diagnostic techniques embedded in the combustor, contract 861004, consortium CBOne + FH Joanneum / Aviation) - both projects were done within the ”Take-Off” programme.

The activities specific to additive manufacturing are part of a pilot study on burner manufacturing using PBF (contract 862837, consortium CBOne + Joanneum Research GmbH / Materials).


ASME PUBLICATION RECORD CBOne (since 2012) & Giuliani et al. (since 2006)

Giuliani, F., Paulitsch, N., Cozzi, D., Goertler, M. and Andracher, L, 2018.
An assessment on the benefits of additive manufacturing regarding new swirler geometries for gas turbine burners.
In Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo, Lillestrøm, Norway. GT2018-75165

Kraft, G. E., Giuliani, F., Pfefferkorn, L., Paulitsch, N., and Andracher, L., 2017. 
Heat resistant probe combining optic and acoustic sensors for advanced combustion monitoring including detection of flame instabilities.
In Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. GT2017-63626.

Giuliani, F., Pfefferkorn, L., and Kraft, G. E., 2017.
Improvement of impaired combustion conditions at some off-design operation by driving a precisely controlled modulation of the burner air feed.
In Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. GT2017-64429.

Giuliani, F., Reiss, H., Stuetz, M., Moosbrugger, V., and Silbergasser, A., 2016. 
Readings on specific gas turbine flame behaviours using an industrial combustion monitoring system
In Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo, Seoul, Korea. GT2016-56166.

Giuliani., F., Moosbrugger, V., Stuetz, M. and Leitgeb-Simandl T.
Optimisation of support fuel consumption burning low heat value gas using controlled combustion oscillations
Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2015
June 15-19, 2015, Montreal, Canada. GT2015-42377.

Giuliani, F., Woisetschläger, J., and Leitgeb, T., 2012. 
Design and validation of a burner with variable geometry for extended combustion range.
In Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, pp. 155–165. GT2012-68236.

Giuliani, F., Lang, A., Gradl, K. J., Siebenhofer, P., and Fritzer, J.
Air flow modulation for refined control of the combustion dynamics using a novel actuator.
Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbine and Power (2012). GTP-11-1102.

Fritzer, J., Giuliani, F., Strzelecki, A., & Bodoc, V. (2012). 
Validation of an infrared extinction method for fuel vapor concentration measurements towards the systematic comparison between alternative and conventional fuels for aviation. 
Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, 134(1), 011401.

Lang, A., Lecourt, R., and Giuliani, F.
Statistical evaluation of ignition phenomena in turbojet engines.
In ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea and Air (Glasgow, UK, June 2010).

Leitgeb, T., Giuliani, F., and Niederhammer, A.
Computer aided dimensioning and validation 
of a versatile test facility for combustion chambers and turbines.
In ASME Turbo Expo, Gas Turbine Technical Congress & Exposition (Orlando, FL USA, June 2009). GT2009-59592.

Giuliani, F., Leitgeb, T., Lang, A., and Woisetschläger, J.
Mapping the density fluctuations in a pulsed air-methane flame using laser-vibrometry.
Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 132 (Mar. 2010). GTP-031603.

Giuliani, F., Wagner, B., Woisetschlaeger, J., and Heitmeir, F.
Laser vibrometry for real-time 
combustion stability diagnostic.
In ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea and Air (May 2006), Barcelona, Spain.