Determination of the spatial temperature distribution from combustion products: A diagnostic study

Keerti Kappagantula, Charles Crane, Michelle Pantoya

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Temperature measurements within the highly complex reaction field of energetic materials are complicated but existing technology enables point source measurements that identify a maximum temperature at a single location. This study presents a method to extend point source measurements to thermally map the spatial distribution of temperature over a large field of interest. The method couples point source temperature measurements from a multi-wavelength pyrometer with irradiance measurements from an infrared camera to produce a highly discretized thermal map that includes the reaction and surrounding field. This technique enables analysis of temperature gradients within the field of interest and an understanding of energy propagation beyond the point of reaction. Point source measurements of maximum temperature are within 10% of reported values. The method was illustrated for the aluminum and polytetrafluoroethylene reaction and the thermal distribution of temperature produced 30 720 temperature measurements over a field of interest corresponding to 3.5 cm × 8 cm.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104902
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013


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