International Journal of Gas Turbine, Propulsion and Power Systems
Online ISSN : 1882-5079
Volume 7 , Issue 1
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  • Ari Hamdani, Motoaki Utamura, Takanori Shibata, Chihiro Myoren
    2015 Volume 7 Issue 1 Pages 1-9
    Published: 2015
    Released: November 27, 2020
    JOURNALS OPEN ACCESS
    Numerical model is developed in order to characterize the water droplet coalescence at the air intake duct of a gas turbine assumed under operation of Inlet Fogging System. Water droplet size is treated as a randomly distributed parameter instead of a single size representative diameter. The numerical calculation is executed by ANSYS Fluent® v.14.5 in a simple rectangular duct and verified using experimental data. The calculated evaporation time of an isolated water droplet in an infinite room shows a good agreement with experimental data. With fogging amount below saturation condition, injected water droplets with size distributions take a longer time to evaporate and it leads to a lower cooling efficiency than the one calculated using a single representative diameter. Then, the model is used to investigate droplet coalescence phenomena in an L-shaped duct geometry. It is shown that the L-shaped duct enhances coalescence due to drift behind the corner of L-duct. This reproduces larger droplets, therefore lower evaporation efficiency and increase of the water drainage.
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