NO reburning is studied in a low pressure (15 hPa) premixed flame of CH4–O2 seeded with 1.8% of NO. Measurements were carried out by using cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) and laser induced fluorescence (LIF) techniques. The temperature profile was obtained by OH-LIF thermometry in the A–X (0–0) band. The OH profile was determined by LIF and calibrated by single pass absorption. The NO concentration profile was obtained by LIF in the A–X (0–0) band and corrected for Boltzmann fraction and quantum yield variations. The absolute concentration profile was determined in the burned gases by CRDS allowing a direct experimental determination of the NO reburning amount. Finally CH and CN mole fraction profiles were obtained by CRDS by exciting rotational transitions in the B–X (0–0) bands of CH and CN around 387 nm. We found a peak mole fraction of 29 ppm for CH and 3.3 ppm for CN. This last result
is in contrast with a previous study of W. Juchmann, H. Latzel, D. L. Shin, G. Peiter, T. Dreier, H. R. Volpp, J. Wolfrum, R. P. Lindstedt and K. M. Leung, XXVIIth Symposium (International) on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, 1998, p. 469, performed in a similar flame, which reported much lower levels of CN. In that study the absolute concentration of CN was indirectly obtained by LIF calibrated by Rayleigh scattering. In a second part, experimental species profiles are compared with predictions of the GRI 3.0 mechanism. Comparison between experimental and predicted profiles shows a good agreement particularly for CN and NO species. A qualitative analysis of NO reburning is then performed.
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