A simplified approach to multi-scalar imaging for turbulent premixed flames

Aaron W. Skiba, Campbell D. Carter, Stephen D. Hammack, Tonghun Lee

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This paper describes and demonstrates the ability to image temperature fields and multiple chemical species simultaneously with diagnostic equipment that is common amongst university based combustion research laboratories. Specifically, using a single Nd:YAG laser (Quanta-Ray GCR-170), a dye-laser (Lumonics HD300), and two intensified cameras, high-quality planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) images of formaldehyde (CH2O) were acquired simultaneously with PLIF images of either CH, OH, or a combination of CH and OH in extremely turbulent premixed methane-air flames. Acquiring these images with rather common diagnostic equipment was facilitated by the fact that strong transitions in the C-X (0,0) band of CH (near 314 nm) lie in the vicinity of strong lines in the (0,0) and (1,1) bands of the OH A-X system. Additionally, Rayleigh scattering images were acquired simultaneously with these PLIF images by implementing a second Nd:YAG laser and an un-intensified camera. However, it would be possible to conduct these measurements with a single Nd:YAG laser capable of delivering, say, ~1 Joule at 532 nm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2017
Event10th U.S. National Combustion Meeting - College Park, United States
Duration: Apr 23 2017Apr 26 2017


Other10th U.S. National Combustion Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCollege Park


  • Hi-Pilot Burner
  • Multi-scalar imaging
  • PLIF
  • Turbulent Premixed Combustion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Mechanical Engineering


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