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Mid-wave IFTS measurements of a laboratory-scale laminar flame
Author(s): Michael R. Rhoby; Kevin C. Gross
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Paper Abstract

A passive remote sensing technique for accurately monitoring the combustion efficiency (CE) of petrochemical flares is greatly desired. A Phase II DOE-funded SBIR lead by Spectral Sciences, Inc. is underway to develop such a method. This paper presents an overview of the current progress of the Air Force Institute of Technology's (AFIT) contribution to this effort. A Telops Hyper-Cam Mid-wave infrared (MWIR 1800-6667cm-1 or 1.5-5.5μm) imaging Fourier-transform spectrometer (IFTS) is used to examine a laminar calibration flame produced by a Hencken burner. Ethylene fuel (C2H4) was burned at four different equivalency ratios Φ=0.80, 0.91, 1.0 and 1.25. This work focuses on the qualitative spectrally-resolved visualization of a Hencken burner flame and the spatial distribution of combustion by-products. A simple radiative transfer model is then developed and fit to a single-pixel spectrum. The flame spectra were characterized by structured emissions from CO2, H2O and CO. For the Φ = 0.91 flame, the spectrally-estimated temperature was T = 2172±28K at a height 10mm above the burner, a favorable result compared to OH-PLIF measurements (T = 2226±112K) made on an identical flame. H2O and CO2 mole fractions across the flame at the same height of 10 mmwere measured to be 13.7±0.6% and 15.5±0.8%, respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8390, Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery XVIII, 83900E (9 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920651
Show Author Affiliations
Michael R. Rhoby, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Kevin C. Gross, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8390:
Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery XVIII
Sylvia S. Shen; Paul E. Lewis, Editor(s)

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