Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 125–134 | Cite as

High-resolution computed tomography of a turbulent reacting flow

Research Article


Computed tomography (CT) has the potential to greatly enhance our understanding of the turbulent flow structures, the combustion chemistry, and the interactions between the two, which challenge us in our attempts to understand and model the details of turbulent combustion. Here, we present high-resolution and fully three-dimensional measurements of the flame surface of a turbulent reacting flow. The CT-reconstructed images show the flame front, at a single instant in time, of a turbulent, premixed propane/air flame. The significance of this powerful experimental tool is to provide new insight into turbulent combustion, allowing for the development of cleaner burning, higher power, and more efficient combustors.



Laboratory space for this work was provided by the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Experimental hardware was provided by Ancona Research, Inc. of Wake Forest, NC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. D. Upton
    • 1
  • D. D. Verhoeven
    • 2
  • D. E. Hudgins
    • 3
  1. 1.Brayton Energy, LLCHamptonUSA
  2. 2.Ancona Research, Inc.Wake ForestUSA
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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