Effect of Fuel Composition on Particulate Emissions from Gas Turbine Engines

  • R. M. Schirmer


A critical analysis has been made of the test methods, Smoke Point and Luminometer Number, which are used at present to evaluate the burning quality of hydrocarbon fuels for gas turbine engines. Differences in the mechanism of soot formation, between a wick lamp and a gas turbine combustor, as evidenced by the effect of hydrocarbon structure, are discussed in detail. Relevant information is reviewed on both the effect of smoke-abatement fuel additives and the morphology of particulate emissions. It is concluded that a specification based upon a fundamental fuel property, such as hydrogen content, rather than a performance test, such as sooting tendency, offers several advantages.


Diffusion Flame Premix Flame Soot Formation Smoke Emission Smoke Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. Schirmer
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  1. 1.Phillips Petroleum CompanyBartlesvilleUSA

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