Karatsu, Y., Minota, S., Hashimoto, H., Moriue, O. et al., "Simultaneous Observation of Combustion in Optical Rotary Engine by Bottom View and Side View," SAE Technical Paper 2015-01-1891, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-1891.
Combustion behavior in Rotary Engine (RE) is quite different from that in conventional reciprocating engines. Therefore, it is important to observe the combustion in RE. In the previous studies, an optical RE was developed, which enabled the observation of the flame propagation in the rotor rotating direction (side view). In the present study, modification was made to the optical RE so that the observation of the flame propagation in the rotor width direction (bottom view) became possible. By using two high-speed cameras, the combustion in RE was observed by bottom view and side view simultaneously. Consequently, it was found that the flame propagation in the rotor width direction is also important for better engine performance as well as that in the rotor rotating direction.