Laser diagnostics in Combustion: Simultaneous Imaging of multiple Volatility Classes

Fuel distributions prior to ignition in internal combustion engines significantly influence the combustion process. This is of special interest when inhomogeneous loads are considered, as in modern ultra-lean burning engines using stratified load configurations or when gas recirculation is employed. When using multicomponent fuels as is the case with commercially available gasoline, components with different volatility are expected to display different distributions within the combustion chamber. This separation of fuel components connected with the overall fuel distribution was addressed using laser induced fluorescence measurements for acquiring quantitative two-dimensional fuel concentration distributions, which in turn can be used for evaluating numerical simulations of the ignition and the combustion process.

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Figure 1: LIF emission spectra of different ketonic and aromatic tracers.

A Raman-shifted excimer laser was used to produce ultra-short light pulses at 276 nm for the excitation of tracers for fuel components of different volatility classes. The properties of the resulting fluorescence of potential tracers were investigated using a heated static high-pressure cell in respect of emission behaviour, temperature and pressure dependence, and quenching influences. Fluorescence occurs in distinctly different spectral regions for ketones and benzene derivatives which were finally chosen as tracer species. Thus, a suitable pair of a ketone and an aromatic species can be employed to simultaneously monitor distributions of fuel components of different volatility. Several such tracer pairs were used to evaluate time-resolved 2D fuel distributions in an optically accessible port-injected engine run on a three-component non-fluorescing fuel, with each of the fuel fractions representing a different volatility class.

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Figure 2: Distribution of different fuel volatility classes imaged using different tracer pairs. Images within a column are taken simultaneously showing the inhomogeneous distribution of different species during the mixing process (measurement at 100dca).


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