Thermophoretic Effects on Seeding Particles in LDV Measurements of Flames

C. J. Sung, C. K. Law

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The motion of LDV seeding particles under the influence of viscous and thermophoretic forces in the rapidly-accelerating, high-temperature-gradient flame environment was studied via the counterflow premixed twin-flame configuration. Results demonstrate that thermophoretic force can induce significant lag between the fluid and.particle velocities in the active preheat zone of a flame, and suggest that caution should be exercised when interpreting LDV data obtained in this region. A thermophoretic velocity correction to the LDV-determined velocity, with known experimental or computational temperature profile, is proposed. Additional considerations of LDV diagnostics and its determination of laminar flame speed are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-132
Number of pages14
JournalCombustion science and technology
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Aug 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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