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Advances in Mechanical Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 928970, 8 pages
Research Article

Experimental Study of Ignition over Impact-Driven Supersonic Liquid Fuel Jet

1Combustion and Jet Application Research Laboratory (CJARL), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ubon Ratchathani University, Ubon Ratchathani 34190, Thailand
2Shock Wave Interdisciplinary Application Division, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
3School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

Received 28 September 2012; Revised 30 December 2012; Accepted 1 January 2013

Academic Editor: Jianqiao Ye

Copyright © 2013 Anirut Matthujak et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study experimentally investigates the mechanism of the ignition of the supersonic liquid fuel jet by the visualization. N-Hexadecane having the cetane number of 100 was used as a liquid for the jet in order to enhance the ignition potential of the liquid fuel jet. Moreover, the heat column and the high intensity CO2 laser were applied to initiate the ignition. The ignition over the liquid fuel jet was visualized by a high-speed digital video camera with a shadowgraph system. From the shadowgraph images, the autoignition or ignition of the supersonic liquid fuel jet, at the velocity of 1,186 m/s which is a Mach number relative to the air of 3.41, did not take place. The ignition still did not occur, even though the heat column or the high intensity CO2 laser was alone applied. The attempt to initiate the ignition over the liquid fuel jet was achieved by applying both the heat column and the high intensity CO2 laser. Observing the signs of luminous spots or flames in the shadowgraph would readily indicate the presence of ignitions. The mechanism of the ignition and combustion over the liquid fuel jet was clearly clarified. Moreover, it was found that the ignition over the supersonic liquid fuel jet in this study was rather the force ignition than being the auto-ignition induced by shock wave heating.