Two-line OH planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) thermometry was applied to a swirling CH4/air flame in a gas turbine (GT) model combustor at atmospheric pressure, which exhibited self-excited combustion instability. The potential and limitations of the method are discussed with respect to applications in GT-like flames. A major drawback of using OH as a temperature indicator is that no temperature information can be obtained from regions where OH radicals are missing or present in insufficient concentration. The resulting bias in the average temperature is addressed and quantified for one operating condition by a comparison with results from laser Raman measurements applied in the same flame. Care was taken to minimize saturation effects by decreasing the spectral laser power density to a minimum while keeping an acceptable spatial resolution and signal-to-noise ratio. In order to correct for the influence of laser light attenuation, absorption measurements were performed on a single-shot basis and a correction procedure was applied. The accuracy was determined to 4%–7% depending on the location within the flame and on the temperature level. A GT model combustor with an optical combustion chamber is described, and phase-locked 2D temperature distributions from a pulsating flame are presented. The temperature variations during an oscillation cycle are specified, and the general flame behavior is described. Our main goals are the evaluation of the OH PLIF thermometry and the characterization of a pulsating GT-like flame.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 8, 2005
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: June 9, 2005
Published: November 1, 2005
Robert Giezendanner-Thoben, Ulrich Meier, Wolfgang Meier, Johannes Heinze, and Manfred Aigner, "Phase-locked two-line OH planar laser-induced fluorescence thermometry in a pulsating gas turbine model combustor at atmospheric pressure," Appl. Opt. 44, 6565-6577 (2005)