Date: November 19, 1948
Creator: Manganiello, Eugene J.
Description: A Westinghouse 24C-2 combustor was investigated at conditions simulating operation of the 24C Jet engine at zero ram over ranges of altitude and engine speed. The investigation was conducted to determine the altitude operational limits, that is, the maximum altitude for various engine speeds at which an average combustor-outlet gas temperature sufficient for operation of the jet engine could be obtained. Information was also obtained regarding the character of the flames, the combustion efficiency, the combustor-outlet gas temperature and velocity distributions, the extent of afterburning, the flow characteristics of the fuel manifolds, the combustor inlet-to-outlet total-pressure drop, and the durability of the combustor basket. The results of the investigation indicated that the altitude operational limits for zero ram decreased from 12,000 feet at an engine speed of 4000 rpm to a minimum of 9000 feet at 6000 rpm, and thence increased to 49,000 feet at 12,000 rpm.. At altitudes below the operational limits, flames were essentially steady, but, at altitudes above the operational limits, flames were often cycling and either blew out or caused violent explosions and vibrations. At conditions on the altitude operational limits the type of combustion varied from steady to cycling with increasing fuel-air ratio and the ...
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