Experiments in Fluids

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Phosphor thermometry on a rotating flame holder for combustion applications

  • Pradip Xavier
  • Laurent Selle
  • Gorkem Oztarlik
  • Thierry Poinsot
Research Article


This study presents a method to measure wall temperatures of a rotating flame holder, which could be used as a combustion control device. Laser-induced phosphorescence is found to be a reliable technique to gather such experimental data. The paper first investigates how the coating (thickness, emissivity and lifetime) influence the flame stabilization. While the low thermal conductivity of the coating is estimated to induce a temperature difference of only 0.08–0.4 K, the emissivity increases by 40\(\%\). Nevertheless, the transient and steady-state flame locations are not affected. Second, because temperature measurements on the rotating cylinder are likely to fail due the long phosphor lifetimes, we modify the classical point-wise arrangement. We propose to illuminate a larger area, and to correct the signal with a distortion function that accounts for the displacement of the target. An analytical distortion function is derived and compared to measured ones. It shows that the range of measurements is limited by the signal extinction and the rapid distortion function decay. A diagram summarizes the range of operating conditions where measurements are valid. Finally, these experimental data are used to validate direct numerical simulations. Cylinder temperature variations within the precision of these measurements are shown not to influence the flame location, but larger deviations highlight different trends for the two asymmetric flame branches.



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement ERC-AdG 319067-INTECOCIS. The authors wish also to thank M. Marchal and S. Cazin from IMFT for their precious help with the experimental diagnostics, and Q. Douasbin (IMFT), C. Kraus (IMFT), B. Bedat (IMFT), and T. Schuller (IMFT) for useful discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT)Université de Toulouse, CNRSToulouseFrance
  2. 2.CORIA-UMR 6614, Normandie UniversitéCNRS, INSA et Université de Rouen, Campus Universitaire du MadrilletSaint-Etienne du RouvrayFrance

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