Wide-range robust control of combustion instability

Boe Shong Hong, Asok Ray, Vigor Yang

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This paper presents the concept and design of a two-layer robust control system for suppression of combustion instabilities over a wide range of operation. The control law is synthesized based on a multiple-time-scale model of combustion dynamics. Control actions on the fast-time scale are provided by secondary fuel injection, and are gain-scheduled according to the variations of mean-flow temperature and velocity on the slow-time scale. A linear parameter varying (LPV) L2-gain control law is formulated in the setting of differential game theory. Simulation experiments have been conducted to evaluate the control law under wide-range operation of a generic combustor in terms of the trade-off among: (1) fuel injection rate and pressure oscillation; (2) transient and steady responses; and (3) stability robustness and performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-258
Number of pages17
JournalCombustion and Flame
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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