Combustor liner of present gas turbine engines is subjected to high thermal loads as it surrounds high temperature combustion reactants and is hence facing the related radiative load. This generally produces high thermal stress levels on the liner, strongly limiting its life expectations and making it one of the most critical components of the entire engine. The reliable prediction of such thermal loads is hence a crucial aspect to increase the flame tube life span and to ensure safe operations.
The present study aims at investigating the aero-thermal behavior of a GE DLN1 (Dry Low NOx) class flame tube and in particular at evaluating working metal temperatures of the liner in relation to the flow and heat transfer state inside and outside the combustion chamber. Three different operating conditions have been accounted for (i.e. Lean-Lean partial load, Premixed full load and Primary load) to determine the amount of heat transfer from the gas to the liner by means of CFD. The numerical predictions have been compared to experimental measurements of metal temperature showing a good agreement between CFD and experiments.