Absorption spectroscopy measurements of NH and NH2 absolute concentrations in methane/air flames doped with N2O

I. Derzy, V. A. Lozovsky, N. Ditzian, I. Rahinov, S. Cheskis

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Intracavity laser absorption spectroscopy (ICLAS) and cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) were used to measure concentration profiles of NH2 and NH in low-pressure (30 torr) methane/oxygen/nitrogen flames doped with a small amount of N2O. High sensitivity of these absorption spectroscopy methods was demonstrated (4 × 1010 cm-3 for NH and 8 × 1010 cm-3 for NH2). The absolute NH concentrations agree well with those predicted by the GRI-Mech 2.11 mechanism and one-dimensional PREMIX code. The absolute NH2 concentrations in the lean flame are fitted well by the calculations, but in the stoichiometric and the rich flames, the observed concentrations are about twice that predicted. In the rich flame (ψ = 1.2), the calculations underpredict the NH concentrations at large distances from the burner. The strongest difference was found for the NH2 radical at large distances above the burner. The strong spectra of NH2 were observed even at 40 mm above the burner where the model calculations predict very insignificant concentration of NH2. The observed discrepancy can be caused by limitations of both the chemical mechanism and one-dimensional PREMIX code used for calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1741-1748
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event30th International Symposium on Combustion - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 200430 Jul 2004

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