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Unsteady Combustor Physics

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  • Date Published: August 2012
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107015999
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  • Clean, sustainable energy systems are a preeminent issue of our time. Most projections indicate that combustion-based energy conversion systems will continue to be the predominant approach for the majority of our energy usage. Unsteady combustor issues pose the key challenges associated with the development of clean, high-efficiency combustion systems such as those used for power generation, heating, or propulsion applications. This comprehensive study is unique in that it treats this subject in a systematic manner. Although this book focuses on unsteady combusting flows, it places particular emphasis on the system dynamics that occur at the intersection of the combustion, fluid mechanics, and acoustic disciplines. Individuals with a background in fluid mechanics and combustion will find this book to be an incomparable study that synthesizes these fields into a coherent understanding of the intrinsically unsteady processes in combustors.

    • The only self-contained text on unsteady combustor dynamics
    • Directed toward important problems in defining modern, low emissions combustion systems
    • Emphasises the system dynamics that occur at the intersection of the combustion, fluid mechanics and acoustic disciplines
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… a very good book indeed … this is a book that should be on the shelves of every researcher in combustion physics … and not gathering dust there."
    Chris Lawn, Journal of Sound and Vibration

    "… a text that is very accessible and can also act as a valuable reference for the seasoned researcher … can act as an introduction to combustion for those coming strictly from a physical acoustics or fluid mechanics background. The inclusion of numerous references provides an excellent starting point for a more focused study … an excellent resource."
    Nathan E. Murray, University of Mississippi, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

    "… this book represents a very useful addition to the combustion pedagogy … The attractive feature of the book is the fine balance it strikes between breadth and depth of coverage … The format … in the form of a textbook, rather than a monograph, would also enable its adoption for advanced level graduate courses like combustion dynamics. The exercises at the end of the chapters … are also very illuminating."
    Achintya Mukhopadhyay, International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics

    "I recommend this book. It is best suited for advanced postgraduate students and research professionals with a background in fluid mechanics and combustion, who will find in the book a nice synthesis of these fields into an understanding of unsteady processes in combustors."
    Ulrich Maas, AIAA Journal

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    25th May 2014 by Sriram

    Combustion instability is currently a difficult but interesting topic that Mechanical/Aerospace Engineers deal with in a lot of situations. This is further complicated by the lack of streamlined approach toward learning the fundamentals of combustion instability. A few years back, before this book was published, there was a steep learning curve, both arduous and time-consuming, that a student had to cross to begin research in the field. This book does a splendid job of cutting the time-consuming part by integrating all the required concepts, fundamentals, derivations and supporting data under one roof. On a different note, the language and the layout are a breath of fresh air when compared to imposing and overly narrow research papers. The breadth of focus ensures that every reader at almost every level gets something out of the book. The flow of concepts in the book is also very comfortable to keep up with, and the problems/exercises are fun to think over. I particularly like the concept of presenting Aside sections in each chapter of the book, that provide a more focused and analytic explanation of the concept at hand, supplemented with analogies. There is also a healthy dose of diagrams and figures, and more importantly, experimental data by the author/his colleagues/students. This matches very well with the explanations. Research data in the right amount is very important - too much of it can lead to narrower perspectives for the reader, and too little can leave the reader lost in the middle of the book. The perfect balance in this book gives a helping hand to those looking into pursuing research in the field. It tells them what exactly to look for in their experiments/computations, without being overly explicit or overbearing. The content in the book is well-suited for readers with or without prior background in the subject. The most memorable technical book I have read in a long long time, and a prized possession in my library! A must-have for anybody studying combustion instability.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107015999
    • length: 426 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 333 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Overview and basic equations
    2. Decomposition and evolution of disturbances
    3. Hydrodynamic flow stability part I: introduction
    4. Hydrodynamic flow stability part II: common combustor flowfields
    5. Acoustic wave propagation part I: basic concepts
    6. Acoustic wave propagation part II: heat release, complex geometry, and mean flow effects
    7. Flame-flow interactions
    8. Ignition
    9. Internal flame processes
    10. Flame stabilization, flashback, flameholding and blowoff
    11. Forced response part I: flamelet dynamics
    12. Forced response part II: heat release dynamics.

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    Tim C. Lieuwen, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Tim Lieuwen is a professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr Lieuwen has edited two books, written seven book chapters and more than 200 papers and holds three patents. Dr Lieuwen previously chaired the combustion and fuels committee of the International Gas Turbine Institute of the ASME. He is currently on the propellants and combustion technical committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and previously served for five years on the AIAA air breathing propulsion technical committee. He has served on a variety of major panels and committees through the National Research Council, the Department of Energy, NASA, the General Accounting Office and the Department of Defense. Dr Lieuwen is interim editor-in-chief of the AIAA Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics series and has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Propulsion and Power, Combustion Science and Technology and the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute. He is a Fellow of the ASME and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award, the ASME Westinghouse Silver Medal, ASME best paper awards, Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award and the NSF CAREER award.

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