Solutions of the Linearized Euler Equations (LEE) are composed of acoustic, entropy and vortical perturbation types. The excitation of the latter can be provoked by a transformation of acoustic into rotational energy, which originates from the interaction between acoustics and a mean flow shear-layer. This is known as acoustically induced vortex shedding and represents the phenomenon of interest in this study. In the field of thermoacoustics, numerical eigenfrequency simulations with the LEE have moved into focus to determine the acoustic damping rates associated with vortex shedding to complete thermoacoustic stability analyses of gas turbine combustors. However, there is yet no fundamental investigation existent, which establishes the legitimation to consider these LEE damping rates for this purpose. This question arises due to the implicit presence of vortical disturbances caused by vortex shedding next to the acoustic ones in LEE eigensolutions. In conclusion, the corresponding damping rates are not expected to represent the pure acoustic damping rates, which are exclusively required for a thermoacoustic stability analysis. The main objective of this work comprises the clarification, whether damping rates obtained by straightforwardly performed LEE eigenfrequency simulations can be used for a thermoacoustic stability assessment, although their eigen-solutions are “polluted” by further disturbance types, i.e. the vortical one in this study. Therefore, a Helmholtz-Hodge decomposition approach is applied to LEE eigenmode shapes, which allows to explicitly access acoustic and vortical disturbance fields. These are used to extract the unambiguous, pure acoustic damping rates from LEE eigensolutions via evaluations of appropriate energy terms. The resulting damping rates are finally compared to the corresponding, original LEE damping rates and their experimental counterparts.

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