Quantitative measurement of density fluctuations with a full‑field laser interferometric vibrometer

Felix Greiffenhagen*, Jakob Woisetschläger, Johannes Gürtler, Jürgen Czarske

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Abstract: Modern, lean and premixed gas turbine combustion concepts for low NO x emissions are prone to combustion instabilities. In a previous work it was shown that laser interferometric vibrometry (LIV) can be used to record global as well as local heat release fluctuations in swirl-stabilized premixed methane flames quantitatively, if other effects influencing density are small. In this work a newly developed camera-based full-field LIV system (CLIV) was applied to a lean, confined, premixed and swirl-stabilized methane flame under atmospheric conditions. Instead of time-consuming pointwise scanning of the flame, CLIV records full-field line-of-sight density fluctuations with high spatio-temporal resolution. With a recording rate of 200 kHz, CLIV enables the visualization of highly unsteady processes in fluid dynamics and combustion research. As an example for an unsteady process, the propagation of the flame front through a lean, premixed gas volume is visualized during an ignition process. A discussion of algorithms and assumptions necessary to calculate heat release oscillations from density oscillations is presented and applied to phase-averaged data recorded with CLIV for this type of flame. As reference, OH* chemiluminescence data were recorded simultaneously. While density gradients travelling with the flow are recorded by LIV and CLIV, chemiluminescence imaging will show nothing in the absence of chemical reaction. Graphic abstract: a Time-averaged density gradient within the combustor in lateral direction. b Density fluctuations along line-of-sight 7 ms after ignition. c Phase-averaged and local heat release fluctuations at 225 Hz perturbation frequency[Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Number of pages15
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computational Mechanics

Fields of Expertise

  • Mobility & Production

Cite this