Measurements of Hydrocarbon Flame Speed Enhancement in High-Q Microwave Cavity
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In this work we demonstrate that a small amount of microwave power below its breakdown threshold can be locally absorbed into a flame combustion zone. The absorbed microwave power can significantly change the flame speed of both laminar and turbulent flames. PIV technique was employed to measure the laminar flame speed. It was found that microwave assisted flame speed enhancement was greatly dependent on Q of the microwave cavity. Due to the unsteady nature of interaction, microwave assisted flame speed measurements were difficult to make, however, preliminary observations of the flame luminosity indicated that there was energy addition occurring without microwave breakdown and the flame speed was increased.
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Zaidi, S., Stockman, E., Qin, X., Zhao, Z., Macheret, S., Ju, Y., ... Kline, J.