Accession Number : ADA118383

Title :   Temperature Profile of a Stoichiometric CH4/N2O Flame from Laser Excited Fluorescence Measurements on OH,

Corporate Author : ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Anderson,William R ; Decker,Leon J ; Kotlar,Anthony J

PDF Url : ADA118383

Report Date : Jul 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : The temperature profile of a stoichiometric CH4/N2O flame over a porous plug, atmospheric-pressure burner has been measured using laser excited fluorescence of the OH radical. The technique of rotationally resolved fluorescence excitation scans was extended to the (1,1) vibrational band of the A doublet sigma plus - X doublet pi system to avoid problems of laser beam depletion and self-absorption encountered by this group and previous workers using the (O,O) band. Absorption spectra were obtained in addition to fluorescence spectra. A least squares curve-fitting technique which accounts for the various types of line broadening was developed and applied to two absorption lines in the (O,O) band. The resulting temperature profile is compared to that from fluorescence data reduced using Boltzmann plots. The more complicated curve-fitting approach was later applied to five lines in the spectrum using several combinations of fluorescence and absorption data. Results of all the aforementioned methods were compared to those from OH band reversal and N2 vibrational Raman measurements at the same point in the post flame gases. Excellent agreement was achieved. The results are discussed with emphasis on both the fluorescence diagnostics and the characteristics of the CH4/N2O flame on the porous-plug burner.

Descriptors :   *Stoichiometry, *Flames, *Temperature, *Laser induced fluorescence, Measurement, Absorption coefficients, Spectra, Curve fitting, Methane, Nitrogen oxides, Hydroxyl radicals, Vibrational spectra, Raman spectra

Subject Categories : Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
      Thermodynamics
      Combustion and Ignition

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE