Development of a high-temperature, high-pressure, optically accessible flow vessel and subsequent study of n-Heptane using high-speed visualization techniques

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dc.contributor Agrawal, Ajay K.
dc.contributor Ashford, Marcus D.
dc.contributor Olcmen, Semih M.
dc.contributor.advisor Fisher, Brian T.
dc.contributor.author James, Kemar Clifton
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:53:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:53:50Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001429
dc.identifier.other James_alatus_0004M_11774
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1893
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The focus of this work was to develop a continuous-flow vessel with extensive optical access for characterization of engine-relevant fuel-injection and spray processes. The spray chamber was designed for non-reacting experiments at pressures up to 1380 kPa and temperatures up to 200°C, which are characteristic of early direct-injection low-temperature combustion in diesel engines. Continuous flow of inert "sweep gas" enables acquisition of large statistical data samples and thus potentially enables characterization of stochastic spray processes. A custom flange was designed to hold a common-rail diesel injector, with significant flexibility to accommodate other injectors and injector types. This flexibility, combined with the continuous flow through the chamber, may enable studies of gas-turbine direct-injection spray processes in the future. Overall, the user can control and vary: injection duration, injection pressure, sweep-gas temperature, sweep-gas pressure, and sweep-gas flow rate. The user also can control frequency of replicate injections. There are four flat windows installed orthogonally on the vessel for optical access. Optical data, at present, include global spray properties such as liquid-phase fuel penetration and cone angle. These measurements are made using a high-speed spray visualization system consisting of a fast-pulsed LED (light emitting diode) source and a high-speed camera. Experimental control and data acquisition have been set up and synchronized using custom LabVIEW programs. The culmination of this development effort was an initial demonstration experiment to capture high-speed spray visualization movies of n-heptane injections to determine liquid-phase fuel penetration length and spray cone angle. In this initial experiment, fuel-injection pressure was ~120 MPa and the injection command pulse duration was 800 µs. At room conditions, liquid length and nominal spray cone angle were ~170 mm and ~14.5°, respectively. In contrast, with air flow in the chamber at 100 psi and 100°C, liquid length was considerably shorter at ~92 mm and spray cone angle was wider at ~16.5°. Future experiments will include the continuation of these measurements for a wider range of conditions and fuels, extension of high-speed imaging to vapor-phase fuel penetration using schlieren imaging techniques, and detailed characterization of spray properties near the injector nozzle and near the liquid length.
dc.format.extent 124 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Mechanical engineering
dc.subject.other Design
dc.title Development of a high-temperature, high-pressure, optically accessible flow vessel and subsequent study of n-Heptane using high-speed visualization techniques
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
etdms.degree.discipline Mechanical Engineering
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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