Ultra-high-speed PLIF imaging for simultaneous visualization of multiple species in turbulent flames

Published on 2017-11-17T16:25:04Z (GMT) by
In order to obtain more detailed characteristics and information in highly turbulent flames, for a better understanding of the transient behavior of eddies in such flames, a measurement technique with sufficient temporal resolution is requested. However, the probing of species distributions relevant in combustion (e.g. OH, CH2O) with ultra-high-speed laser diagnostics still remains a challenge. Nd:YAG clusters commercially available can generate only 4-8 pulses, although with high laser energy. Systems based on a diode-pumped solid-state Nd:YAG laser combined with a dye laser produce only about 100 μJ pulse energy at ultra-high repetition rates (≥50 kHz). Even more comprehensive information on the flame structure can be gained if simultaneous recording of multi-species is performed. In the present work, the development of the first ultra-high-speed diagnostic technique capable of simultaneous probing of hydroxyl radicals and formaldehyde distributions at a repetition rate of 50 kHz is outlined. This has been achieved by employing a burst laser pumped optical parametric oscillator system for the simultaneous detection of CH2O excited at 355 nm and OH-radicals excited at 283 nm, where the interference of scattering laser light can be avoided. The applicability of the proposed technique was demonstrated in a highly turbulent jet flame. Moreover, the presented improvement in terms of the number of consecutive images recorded with ultra-high-speed planar laser induced fluorescence imaging is significant. Due to the high temporal resolution, the movement of CH2O pocket enclosed by OH at the flame tip can be clearly captured. The transport velocity of the CH2O pocket was calculated and found to be in good agreement with previous LDV results.

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Wang, Zhenkan; STAMATOGLOU, PANAGIOTA; Li, Zheming; Aldén, Marcus; Richter, Matthias (2017): Ultra-high-speed PLIF imaging for simultaneous visualization of multiple species in turbulent flames. The Optical Society.