Authors: Apurba Kumar Das, Mruthunjaya Uddi, and Chih-Jen Sung
Direct link to the paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2012.06.020
A much desired, direct, in-situ, diagnostics technique is implemented to measure time variations of temperature and water concentration for a reactive mixture in a rapid compression machine (RCM) using quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy near 7.6 µm. The temperature measurements in the RCM are successfully conducted for an end of compression pressure of PC~11.5 bar and an end of compressiontemperature of TC~1022 K for H2/O2/Ar mixtures with (0.5% by mole inthe reactive mixture) and without water doping. For all casesinvestigated, the molar percentages of H2 and O2 in the reactivemixture are respectively kept at 3% while the balance is Ar, in orderto modulate the extent of post-ignition pressure rise. Absorption lines of water at 1316.55 cm-1 and 1316.97 cm-1 are used in this study for the measurements. A six-pass setup inside the RCM is implemented for the reactive experiments. For determining the line broadening parameters of water in the range of 1316.4–1317.8 cm-1 with H2 or O2 as a bath gas, a six-pass, 50.8 mm Herriott cell is used in the calibration experiments. The broadening parameters are measured in the pressure range of 300–650 Torr, while the Herriott cell is heated uniformly to temperatures of 460, 500, and 530 K, respectively. With the measured line broadening parameters of water in the bath gases of interest, the temperature and water concentration histories in the RCM runs are experimentally determined. In addition, the experimental results are compared with the simulations with detailed chemistry. Reasonable agreement is found, thereby demonstrating the utility of this mid-IR absorption spectroscopy in RCM experiments. The uncertainties of the associated measurements of temperature and water concentration are also discussed.
Citation: Apurba Kumar Das, Mruthunjaya Uddi, and Chih-Jen Sung, “Two-Line Thermometry and H2O Measurement for Reactive Mixtures in Rapid Compression Machine near 7.6 µm”, Combustion and Flame – In press.