A combustion system including a combustor; a combustor liner disposed within the combustor is provided. At least one primary fuel nozzle is provided to provide fuel to a primary combustion zone disposed proximate to the upstream end of the combustor liner. A transition duct is coupled to the downstream end of the combustor liner. A secondary nozzle assembly is disposed proximate to the downstream end of the combustor to provide fuel to a secondary combustion zone at locations predetermined to reduce peak thermal loads on the surface area of the transition duct.
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 This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC26-05NT42643 awarded by the Department Of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.