Lobed mixers have been used in a variety of engineering applications, such as jet noise reduction, infrared suppression and improvement of propulsive efficiency for turbine engines. More recently, they have emerged as an attractive method to enhance mixing between fuel and air in advanced low-emission gas turbine combustors. The objectives of the present work were to assess the effectiveness of these devices for use inside the combustor and provide experimental data to validate CFD predictions. The mixing enhancements due to streamwise vortices generated from a 12-lobe convoluted mixer were characterized using Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) measurements, while 2-D PIV measurements established the underlying velocity field. The geometrical set-up of the mixing system is pertinent to many combustion systems using advanced lean premixed concepts with gaseous fuels. In addition to the benchmark case with no mixer, two different lobe geometries were considered, a semi-circle (or round) lobe and a square lobe. In this paper the experimental results are presented and discussed. Numerical predictions were performed for the semi-circle lobe geometry using a Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) code and the results are compared with experimental measurements.

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