EFFECT OF FLAME CHEMI-IONIZATION ON VISIBLE UV EMISSION FROM SUPERSONIC FLOWS
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Publisher:Ohio State University
The effect of electrons produced in hydrocarbon-air flames by chemi-ionization on emission from a supersonic flow downstream of the flame is investigated. The air-fuel mixture (C$_2$H$_4$-air) is ignited in the plenum of a supersonic nozzle at pressures of P=300-450 Torr. Ionization of the flow in the M=3 test section downstream of the nozzle is measured using a Thomson probe, by applying below-breakdown voltage to two plane electrodes flush mounted in the test section walls. In the saturation regime, the Thomson probe removes nearly all electrons generated in the flame by chemi-ionization. Previous use of this method in optically pumped CO-N$_2$ plasma sustained by a CO laser in a slow-flow absorption cell demonstrated that electron removal results in dramatic reduction of emission from the plasma (CN violet and C$_2$ Swan bands). In the present study, the effect of electrons on emission from the M=3 test section, CH (4300 A band system), C$_2$ (Swan bands), CO (Angstrom bands), and OH (A$^2\Sigma^+$-X$^2\Pi$ system), is monitored by an Optical Multichannel Analyzer with an ICCD camera.
Author Institution: Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics Laboratory, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio-43210
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