This paper deals with the development of the basic understanding of dynamic and wear problems of combustor systems. A system dynamic modeling approach has been developed using a general purpose dynamic/wear analysis program (Mechanism Analysis Program, MAP), and excellent validation has been achieved via laboratory tests. The objective is to develop a generic design/analysis tool, both, for quick evaluation of preliminary designs, and for detailed design studies to create improved/optimized combustor designs from a wear/life perspective.

Dynamic simulations of two different designs are run: Many worn field samples are available for one design, and laboratory test results for the other. The wear patterns on the former are matched very well by the analytical model. Excellent correlation, too, is obtained with the dynamic (accelerometer) measurements on the latter. It is, now, possible to isolate system dynamic causes (such as resonance) from material related ones (such as hardness) when designing for long life.

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