Title page for ETD etd-05022009-040621

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Johnsson, Erik L.
URN etd-05022009-040621
Title The use of chemiluminescence for detection of ignition, temperature, and fuel-to-air ratio of flames
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
O'Brien, Walter F. Jr. Committee Member
Roby, Richard J. Committee Member
Roe, Larry A. Committee Member
  • Flame
Date of Defense 1991-02-05
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A fast response method for detection of ignition and extinction of liquid spray flames has been improved. Also, a method of determining fuel-to-air ratios and temperatures of pre-mixed, gaseous flames has been developed. Both methods utilize chemiluminescent signals from an OH system centered at 309 nm and a CH system centered at 431 nm. The ignition and extinction method was improved by replacing an optical system composed of lenses and a monochromator by a system composed of a fiber optic cable and band pass interference filters. The use of a solid-state photodiode instead of a photomultiplier tube was investigated. Transient histories of the OH and CH signals were recorded by performing light-off ignition and intermittent ignition flame tests. These signal histories were compared to histories obtained using the original apparatus. The fuel-to-air ratio and temperature detection method was investigated by recording the spectra of laminar, pre-mixed methane flames of known stoichiometry with a lens, monochromator, and photomultiplier tube set-up and measuring the flame temperatures with a high-temperature Pt-10%Rh thermocouple. Various combinations of signal characteristics were found to be functions of fuel-to-air ratio and temperature. Optimum signals for monitoring with a detector were determined. Recommendations for future work in this area are discussed.

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