Flame imaging using planar laser induced fluorescence of sulfur dioxide
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Laser induced fluorescence of sulfur dioxide (SO2-PLIF) has been demonstrated as a useful tool for flame imaging. Advantage was taken from the strong temperature dependence of the SO2 fluorescence signal. SO2 fluorescence intensity increases by more than one order of magnitude if the temperature changes from ambient conditions to adiabatic flame temperatures of stoichiometric methane–air flames. This results in a steep gradient of SO2-PLIF intensities at the reaction zone and therefore can be used as a reliable flame marker. SO2 can be excited electronically using the fourth-harmonic of an Nd:YAG laser at 266 nm. This is an attractive alternative to OH-LIF, a well-recognized flame front marker, because no frequency-doubled dye lasers are needed. This simplifies the experimental setup and is advantageous for measurements at high repetition rates where dye bleaching can become an issue. To prove the performance of this approach, SO2-PLIF measurements were performed simultaneously with OH-PLIF on laminar premixed methane-air Bunsen flames for equivalence ratios between 0.9 and 1.25. These measurements were compared to 1D laminar flamelet simulations. The SO2 fluorescence signal was found to follow the temperature rise of the flame and is located closer to the steep temperature gradient than OH. Finally, the combined SO2- and OH-PLIF setup was applied to a spark ignition IC-engine to visualize the development of the early flame kernel.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) through SFB-Transregio 150. The ambitious support of M. Schroers and S. Franek is appreciated.
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