Neal, N., Jordan, J., and Rothamer, D., "Simultaneous Measurements of In-Cylinder Temperature and Velocity Distribution in a Small-Bore Diesel Engine Using Thermographic Phosphors," SAE Int. J. Engines 6(1):300-318, 2013, doi:10.4271/2013-01-0562.
In-cylinder temperature and velocity fields were quantified simultaneously in an optically accessible, small-bore diesel engine. A technique utilizing luminescence from Pr:YAG phosphor particles aerosolized into the intake air was used for temperature determination while particle image velocimetry (PIV) on the aforementioned phosphor particles was used to simultaneously measure the velocity field. The temperature and velocity fields were measured at different points throughout the compression stroke up to −30 CAD. Systematic interference due to emission from the piston window reduced the accuracy of the measurements at crank angles closer to TDC. Single-shot simultaneous measurements of the temperature and velocity fields were made using both unheated and heated intake temperatures. In both cases, cycle-to-cycle variations in the temperature and velocity fields were visible. The single-shot temperature precision was estimated to be 30 K and 20 K respectively for the unheated and heated intake air cases at −30 CAD. Temperature determined with the diagnostic agreed with conventionally accepted methods for estimating the in-cylinder bulk gas temperature.