Spectral properties of diesel fuel droplets

L.A. Dombrovsky, Sergei Sazhin, Sergey Mikhalovsky, R. Wood, Morgan Heikal

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bsorption spectra of several types of diesel fuel are studied experimentally. Index of refraction of these fuels is calculated using subtractive Kramers–Krönig analysis. The ageing process of fuels is simulated by prolonged boiling. Radiative properties of diesel fuel droplets are calculated using the Mie theory and a simplified approach, based on approximations of absorption and scattering efficiency factors. It is pointed out that the accuracy of the simplified approach is sufficient for practical applications in the visible and infrared ranges, for various types of diesel fuel, and for droplet radii in the range from 5 to 50 μm. The monodisperse approximation is shown to be applicable for the analysis of infrared radiative properties of realistic polydisperse diesel fuel sprays.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


  • Diesel engines
  • Fuel droplets
  • Thermal radiation
  • Absorption
  • Scattering


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