An Experimental and Modeling Study of NOX-CO Formation in High Hydrogen Content Fuels Combustion in Gas Turbine Applications


University of South Carolina
Website:  University of South Carolina
Award Number:  FE0012005
Project Duration:  10/01/2013 – 09/30/2016
Total Award Value:  $630,564.00
DOE Share:  $500,000.00
Performer Share:  $130,564.00
Technology Area:  Hydrogen Turbines
Key Technology:  Hydrogen Turbines
Location:  Columbia, South Carolina
Schematic of the High Pressure Laminar<br/>Flow Reactor tube assembly
Schematic of the High Pressure Laminar
Flow Reactor tube assembly

Project Description

This goal of this University of South Carolina project is to improve the turbine community's ability to predict the formation of nitrous oxides (NOx) in next generation high hydrogen turbines. The applicant will reach this goal by developing improved models that account for overlooked NOx formation pathways, which are currently unaccounted for because they are not well studied or understood.

Project Benefits

This project will focus on improving the ability to predict the formation of nitrous oxides (NOx) when using high hydrogen content fuels. Understanding NOx formation pathways will allow hydrogen combustor designers to reduce emissions while operating at higher temperatures. Specifically, a kinetic model will be developed and validated via data obtained from a high-pressure combustion system and a high-pressure laminar flow reactor, and then incorporated into a computational fluid dynamics model as both detailed and reduced models and also through a dynamic on the fly mechanism reduction approach.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Joseph Stoffa:
Technology Manager 
Richard Dennis:
Principal Investigator 
Tanvir Farouk:

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