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Development Of An Endoscopic, Absorption Corrected And Calibrated OH Laser Induced Fluorescence Probe System for High Pressure Combustion Diagnostics

Guido Stockhausen (1), Manfred Beversdorff (2), Eike Burow (1), Johannes Heinze (1), Joachim Klinner (1), Armin Weiss (2), Chris Willert (1)

1. Institute of Propulsion Technology, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany
2. Institute of Propulsion Technology, German Aerospace Center, Stuttgart, Germany


We present the design and preliminary results of an endoscopic OH laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) system that is capable of acquiring 1D-line measurements in high pressure combustion processes within large-scale test facilities. The system can be exploited to acquire line-of-sight OH-chemiluminescence images and absorption corrected absolute OH-species concentration from which additionally temperature distribution can be extracted in case of lean mixtures in chemical equilibrium. Different critical components, such as light guides for high power UV laser pulses and flexible UV image guides, were first tested and characterized in a laboratory setup. Optimization regarding pulse energy and beam quality led to the selection of an 1m long hollow core fiber for laser light delivery as a central element for the experimental setup despite high losses caused by bending the fiber. The image transfer is accomplished by a 7m long flexible UV image bundle, which is preferred to the use of a rigid borescope in harsh environments. We designed the endoscopic UV optics using readily available parts and achieved an approximated image resolution of 21.6 line pairs/mm. Additionally, post-processing methods, such as flat-field correction, can improve the image quality substantially and remove the pixilation effect of the fiber bundle structure nearly completely. To validate the complete system, probe-based qualitative OH-LIF measurements were performed in a well-known laminar flame of a matrix burner, which serves as a mock-up for anticipated applications in an industrial test environment with a technology readiness level (TRL) greater than 4. The final step consists of the integration of the miniaturized optics into a cooled probe system which protects the sensitive optics against the harsh environment of an aero-engine sector combustor. For this purpose, two probe systems were designed to include, on the one hand, the endoscope optics together with the fiber image bundle end tip and, on the other hand, the laser emitting and receiving system for performing an absorption measurement needed to quantify the recorded LIF signal.

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