High speed optical diagnostics in a high pressure, GOX/RP-2 combustor

Henry C. Ballance, Oleksandr Bibik, Timothy S. Cook, Stephen Danczyk, S. Alexander Schumaker, Vigor Yang, Timothy C. Lieuwen

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Abstract

This paper presents the development and results from the application of optical diagnostics to a high-pressure GOx-RP-2 combustor. Its key objectives were to measure flame stabilization and flame position at realistic engine conditions. Experimental data was obtained at pressures from 300-2400 psi and mixture ratios from 2.9-20. Both chemiluminescence (OH∗ and CH∗ at 308-330nm and 420-432nm) and IR imaging (H2O at 3.0μm and CO2 4.5μm) were employed for side on imaging of the flame. It was found that chemiluminescence imaging at realistic mixture ratios is only feasible at chamber pressures below about 500 psi, due to essentially 100% absorption by soot. Infrared imaging is possible at higher pressures, although it is also reduced in intensity with increasing chamber pressure. These results show that the flame spreading angle ranges from approximately 6-14 degrees, varying with pressure and mixture ratio. A novel borescope was used to image the flame from upstream of the GOx post, enabling visualization of the flame stabilization location. These results show that the flame is anchored near the GOx post for essentially all the experiments. At higher pressures, helical spirals of luminosity near the GOx post are evident, apparently tracing the swirling fuel patterns before more distributed luminosity is observed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication53rd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, 2017
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105111
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event53rd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, 2017 - Atlanta, Georgia
Duration: 2017 Jul 102017 Jul 12

Publication series

Name53rd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, 2017

Conference

Conference53rd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, 2017
CountryGeorgia
CityAtlanta
Period17-07-1017-07-12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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