Visualization of Diesel Spray Penetration , Cool-Flame , Ignition , High- Temperature Combustion , and Soot Formation Using High-Speed Imaging

  • Pickett L
  • Kook S
  • Williams T
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Abstract

Shadowgraph/schlieren imaging techniques have often been used for flow visualization of reacting and non-reacting systems. In this paper we show that high-speed shadowgraph visualization in a high-pressure chamber can also be used to identify cool-flame and high-temperature combustion regions of diesel sprays, thereby providing insight into the time sequence of diesel ignition and combustion. When coupled to simultaneous high-speed Mie-scatter imaging, chemiluminescence imaging, pressure measurement, and spatially-integrated jet luminosity measurements by photodiode, the shadowgraph visualization provides further information about spray penetration after vaporization, spatial location of ignition and high-temperature combustion, and inactive combustion regions where problematic unburned hydrocarbons exist. Examples of the joint application of high-speed diagnostics include transient non-reacting and reacting injections, as well as multiple injections. Shadowgraph and schlieren image processing steps required to account for variations of refractive index within the high-temperature combustion vessel gases are also shown.

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Authors

  • Lyle M Pickett

  • Sanghoon Kook

  • Timothy C Williams

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