Assessment of Current Chemiluminescence Kinetics Models at Engine Conditions Academic Article uri icon


  • Chemiluminescence continues to be of interest as a cost-effective optical diagnostic for gas turbine combustor health monitoring. However, most chemical kinetics mechanisms of the chemiluminescence of target species such as OH, CH, and CO 2 were developed from atmospheric-pressure data. The present paper presents a study wherein the ability of current kinetics models to predict the chemiluminescence trends at engine pressures was assessed. Shock-tube experiments were performed in highly diluted mixtures of H 2/O 2/Ar at a wide range of pressures to evaluate the ability of a current kinetics model to predict the measured trends. At elevated pressures up to 15 atm, the currently used reaction rate of H+O+M=OH+M (i.e., without any pressure dependence) significantly over predicts the amount of OH formed. Other important chemiluminescence species include CH and CO 2, and separate experiments were performed to assess the validity of existing chemical kinetics mechanisms for both of these species at elevated pressures. A pressure excursion using methane-oxygen mixtures highly diluted in argon was performed up to about 15 atm, and the time histories of CH and CO 2 were measured over a range of temperatures from about 1700 to 2300 K. It was found that the existing CH mechanism captured the T and P trends rather well, but the CO 2 mechanism did a poor job of capturing both the temperature and pressure behavior. With respect to the modeling of collider species, it was found that the current OH model performs well for N 2, but some improvements can be made for CO 2. © 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

author list (cited authors)

  • Petersen, E., Kopp, M., Donato, N., & Güthe, F.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • February 2012