Abstract

Laser-induced-fluorescence techniques have been used successfully for quantitative two-dimensional measurements of nitric oxide. NO AX(0, 2) excitation at 248 nm recently found applications in internal-combustion engines. We assess the collisional processes that influence quantification of signal intensities in terms of saturation, rotational energy transfer, and line broadening, using laminar high-pressure methane/air and n-heptane/air flames at pressures as high as 80 bars (8 × 106 Pa). A calibration method that is applicable in technical combustion systems based on addition of NO to the burning flame is investigated for various air/fuel ratios and pressures and yields information about the influence of NO reburn processes.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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