Abstract

We have adapted our in-cylinder Fourier-transform spectroscopy technique to measure absorption spectra in a reciprocating engine. Previously, we had used the technique for emission spectroscopy; the upgrade to absorption spectroscopy mode is important because it allows for more quantitative anal ysis of gas properties than is possible with emission spectroscopy. Here, we discuss fuel, H2O, and CO2 spectra measured in an engine using a spark-plug-based probe for optical access and use the water portion of the spectra to determine in-cylinder gas temperature. The temperature results show that heat transfer effects can significantly bias thermometry when fiber-coupled engine probes are used.

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