This book presents a methodology of testing combustion characteristics of biodiesel under swirling spray conditions similar to those in a gas turbine combustor. By using a simplified dump plane model gas turbine burner, the reacting spray characteristics of biodiesels are compared against baseline fossil fuels. This book shows the design and setup of the burner and flow, followed by detailed discussion on the measurement techniques used in biofuel flame and emissions characterization. The results validate the feasibility of biodiesel as an operating fuel for gas turbines. The quantified results are also useful as validation targets for swirl flame modeling. The established methodology shown in this book can be used to characterize other liquid alternative fuels.
This book is useful for academics, researchers and postgraduate students, especially those who are involved in the area of fundamental combustion of alternative fuels, biofuels and experimental methods. The detailed illustrations of test set-up, testing methodology and measurement techniques serve as useful reference for individuals looking to design a swirl flame combustor or to apply some of the techniques in reacting flow measurement. The book is a good beginner?s guide for those who are interested in spray, swirl flame, reacting spray flame and biofuel combustion.