Computational Mechanics

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 159–167 | Cite as

A DRD finite element formulation for computing turbulent reacting flows in gas turbine combustors

  • A. Corsini
  • C. Iossa
  • F. Rispoli
  • T. E. Tezduyar
Original Paper


An effective multiscale treatment of turbulent reacting flows is presented with the use of a stabilized finite element formulation. The method proposed is developed based on the streamline-upwind/Petrov–Galerkin (SUPG) formulation, and includes discontinuity capturing in the form of a new generation “DRD” method, namely the “DRDJ” technique. The stabilized formulation is applied to finite-rate chemistry modelling based on mixture-fraction approaches with the so-called presumed-PDF technique. The turbulent combustion process is simulated for an aero-engine combustor configuration of RQL concept in non-premixed flame regime. The comparative analysis of the temperature and velocity fields demonstrate that the proposed SUPG+DRDJ formulation outperforms the stand-alone SUPG method. The improved accuracy is demonstrated in terms of the combustor overall performance, and the mechanisms involved in the distribution of the numerical diffusivity are also discussed.


Finite element Discontinuities Reacting flows 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Corsini
    • 1
  • C. Iossa
    • 1
  • F. Rispoli
    • 1
  • T. E. Tezduyar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanics and AeronauticsUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  2. 2.Mechanical EngineeringRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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