Temperature measurements in turbulent non-premixed flames by two-line atomic fluorescence

Paul R. Medwell, Qing N. Chan, Bassam B. Dally, Saleh Mahmoud, Zeyad T. Alwahabi, Graham J. Nathan

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The temperature measured by non-linear excitation regime two-line atomic fluorescence, NTLAF, is compared with previous data in a well characterised turbulent non-premixed flame, known as the TNF DLR-A flame. The comparison of the previous detailed single-point measurements with the NTLAF measurements is used to assess the accuracy, and limitations, of the NTLAF technique. The NTLAF measurements were obtained using two different seeding methods, both separately and together, namely by seeding the indium as a solution of indium chloride conveyed as a fine mist with the fuel and by directly seeding neutral indium atoms into the fuel stream by laser ablation of an indium rod. Both instantaneous images and radial profiles of the mean and RMS data are reported for the different techniques. The calculated inter-pixel uncertainty of the measurements is estimated to be ∼50 K in the mean, and 8% uncertainty on an instantaneous basis. The comparison is performed on a conditional basis, given that the NTLAF measurements are limited to a lower temperature threshold and to the stoichiometric and rich regions of the flame. On this basis, the NTLAF method is found to generally agree with the TNF DLR-A data to within approximately 100 K. © 2012 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3619-3627
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 11 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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