Temperature response of an acoustically forced turbulent lean premixed flame: A quantitative experimental determination

Robin Chrystie, Iain Stewart Burns, Clemens Friedrich Kaminski

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Temperature measurements have been taken on an acoustically forced lean premixed turbulent bluff-body stabilized flame. The burner used in this study is a test-bed to investigate thermoacoustic instability in gas-turbine engines at the University of Cambridge. Numerous experiments have been performed on the burner, one of which used two-line OH planar laser induced fluorescence to measure temperature. Here, we employ vibrational coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) of nitrogen as an alternative to measure temperature, circumventing the limitations of the former method. The use of nitrogen CARS avoids the problem of probing regions of the flame with low OH concentrations that resulted in erroneous temperature. Such an application of CARS showed that the results from previous efforts were systematically biased up to 47% close to the bluff-body. We also critically review the limitations of CARS used in our experiments, pertaining to spatial resolution and associated biasing further downstream from the bluff-body. Using the more accurate results from this work, more up-to-date computational fluid dynamical (CFD) models of the burner can be validated, with the aim of improved understanding and prediction of thermoacoustic instability in gas turbines. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-199
Number of pages20
JournalCombustion Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2013

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The work was sponsored by the EPSRC under grant EP/F028261/1, and by Rolls-Royce plc. Dr. Robin Chrystie was supported by an EPSRC CASE studentship, whose contributions are gratefully acknowledged. Dr. Iain Burns was supported by a research fellowship from St. John's College, University of Cambridge.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Fuel Technology


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