High-Speed Infrared Measurement of Injector Tip Temperature during Diesel Engine Operation

Alex Gander, Dan Sykes, Raul Payri, Guillaume De Sercey, Dave Kennaird, Martin Gold, Richard Pearson, Cyril Crua

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Pre-catalyst engine emissions and detrimental injector deposits have been widely associated with the near-nozzle fluid dynamics during and after the injection events. Although the heating and evaporation of fuel films on the nozzle surface directly affects some of these processes, there are no experimental data for the transient evolution of nozzle surface temperature during typical engine conditions. In order to address this gap in knowledge, we present a non-intrusive approach for the full-cycle time resolved measurement of the surface temperature of production nozzles in an optical engine. A mid-wave infrared high-speed camera was calibrated against controlled conditions, both out of engine and in-engine to account for non-ideal in surface emissivity and optical transmissivity. A custom-modified injector with a thermocouple embedded below the nozzle surface was used to validate the approach under running engine conditions. Calibrated infrared thermography was then applied to characterise the nozzle temperature at 1200 frames per second, during motored and fired engine operation, thus revealing for the first time the effect of transient operating conditions on the temperature of the injector nozzle’s surface.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4584
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Funding Information: Funding: This work was supported by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC grant EP/S513751/1) and BP International Ltd. Raúl Payri was hosted at the University of Brighton under the Salvador de Madariaga programme (reference PRX18/00243) from Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovacion y universidades from the Spanish Government.


  • Engine load
  • Fuel evaporation
  • Idling
  • Mid-wave infrared (MWIR)


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