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Application of a digital high-speed camera system for combustion research by using UV laser diagnostics under microgravity at Bremen drop tower
Author(s): Hartmut Renken; T. Bolik; Ch. Eigenbrod; Jens Koenig; Hans J. Rath
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a digital high-speed camera- and recording system that will be used primary for combustion research under microgravity ((mu) g) at Bremen drop tower. To study the reactionzones during the process of combustion particularly OH-radicals are detected 2D by using the method of laser induced predissociation fluorescence (LIPF). A pulsed high-energy excimer lasersystem combined with a two- staged intensified CCD-camera allows a repetition rate of 250 images (256 X 256 pixel) per second, according to the maximum laser pulse repetition. The laser system is integrated at the top of the 110 m high evacutable drop tube. Motorized mirrors are necessary to achieve a stable beam position within the area of interest during the drop of the experiment-capsule. The duration of 1 drop will be 4.7 seconds (microgravity conditions). About 1500 images are captured and stored onboard the drop capsule 96 Mbyte RAM image storagesystem. After saving capsule and datas, a special PC-based image processing software visualizes the movies and extracts physical information out of the images. Now, after two and a half years of developments the system is working operational and capable of high temporal 2D LIPF- measuring of OH, H2O, O2, and CO concentrations and 2D temperature distribution of these species.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2869, 22nd International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (28 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273406
Show Author Affiliations
Hartmut Renken, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)
T. Bolik, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)
Ch. Eigenbrod, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)
Jens Koenig, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)
Hans J. Rath, Univ. of Bremen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2869:
22nd International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics
Dennis L. Paisley; ALan M. Frank, Editor(s)

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