Additive Manufacturing enables novel low emission micro gas turbine combustors

Micro gas turbines are an exciting technology for transport and distributed power generation but struggle with poor efficiency and emissions due to their small scale. Additive manufacturing offers new design freedoms that could enable higher efficiency and reduced emission combustors for micro gas turbine applications.

In his PhD research, Adamos Adamou from the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems at the University of Bath investigates the potential of additive manufacturing for micro gas turbine combustor design. These images show the design and combustion temperature results for Adamos’ novel conical radial swirl-stabilized tubular combustor with internal vane fuel injection, and which can only be made by additive manufacturing. This and other novel design concepts are explored in depth in his latest article in Energy Conservation and Management: “Design, simulation, and validation of additively manufactured high-temperature combustion chambers for micro gas turbines”. 

This publication was made possible thanks to funding from the EPSRC and industrial partner HiETA Technologies. Adamos would also like to thank his co-authors Colin Copeland from Simon Fraser UniversityAaron Costall and James Turner from IAAPS at the University of Bath, and Andrew Jones from HiETA Technologies

The article is available until 23 November 2021 here.