The morphological composition of a typical modern Diesel spray is known to include complex structures such as ligaments and amorphous droplets, but most laser dropsizing techniques cannot diagnose drops that deviate from the spherical shape. Whilst direct imaging has potential for resolving arbitrary shapes, challenges remain to measure microscopic droplets in dense sprays. To this end, progress made with ongoing experimental investigations of the atomisation of diesel and biodiesel fuels is reported for the near-nozzle region using a long working distance microscope. The light source and imaging optics were optimised to produce blur-free shadowgraphic images of sprays with a viewing region of 593x784 µm. A number of image processing techniques were explored and described to identify both small and large liquid structures. A discrete wavelet transform was found to improve the detection of droplets smaller than 10 µm, and contrast-limited adaptive histogram equalisation provided the best detection of medium droplets and large ligaments. The measured diameters were compensated based on an analysis of the droplets’ local contrast and size. Droplet size distributions were measured for a non-additised diesel fuel and rape-methyl ester. The image processing algorithm was found to successfully discriminate between the two fuels.
|Title of host publication||ICLASS 2012, 12th Triennial International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems|
|Place of Publication||Heidelberg, Germany|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Sep 2012|
|Event||ICLASS 2012, 12th Triennial International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems - Heidelberg, Germany|
Duration: 2 Sep 2012 → …
|Conference||ICLASS 2012, 12th Triennial International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems|
|Period||2/09/12 → …|
Bibliographical note© University of Brighton
Crua, C., De Sercey, G., Heikal, M., & Gold, M. (2012). Dropsizing of Near-Nozzle Diesel and RME Sprays by Microscopic Imaging. In ICLASS 2012, 12th Triennial International Conference on Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (pp. 0-0).