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Measurement of Temperature Distribution Based on Optical Fiber-Sensing Technology and Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy

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Peng-Shuai Sun, Miao Sun, Yu-Quan Tang, Shuang Yang, Tao Pang, Zhi-Rong Zhang and Feng-Zhong Dong

Submitted: October 27th, 2017 Reviewed: March 22nd, 2018 Published: November 5th, 2018

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.76687

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Temperature is an important physical quantity in most industrial processes. Distributed temperature sensor (DTS), fiber Bragg grating (FBG), and tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) are three primary techniques for temperature measurement using fiber optic sensing and spectrum technology. The DTS system can monitor space temperature field along the fiber in real time. In addition, it also can locate a fire source using two sections of optical fibers which are placed orthogonally to each other. The FBG temperature sensor is used to measure the point temperature. The temperature sensitivity of the bare FBG is 10.68 pm/°C and the linearity is 0.99954 in the range of 30–100°C. Based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS), two-dimensional (2D) distribution reconstructions of gas temperature are realized using an algebraic reconstruction technique (ART). The results are in agreement with the simulation results, and the time resolution is less than 1 s.


  • temperature sensors
  • optical fiber distributed temperature sensor
  • fire source localization
  • fiber Bragg gratings
  • tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy

1. Introduction

In recent years, a variety of temperature sensors have been widely applied in petrochemical and other fields to ensure the smooth progress of production and personnel safety [1, 2]. Under normal circumstances, temperature sensors are used to measure the temperature changes for locating positions of heat points and fire early warning. In addition, the combustion process can be diagnosed and controlled by real-time and accurate monitoring of temperature in the combustion process and emissions of fossil fuels. This chapter briefly introduces temperature field measurement with optical fiber distributed temperature sensor (DTS), fiber Bragg gratings (FBG), and tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) based on the research content in our laboratory.

DTS system based on Raman scattering is a kind of real-time and continuous monitoring space temperature field-sensing technology along the fiber direction [3, 4]. The earliest DTS system developed by Dakin et al. achieved a good spatial resolution of 3 m with conventional sensing fiber lengths up to 1 km [5]. Due to the unique advantages of immunity to electromagnetic fields, the easiness of installing wire, and remote-distributed measurement, the DTS system attracts numerous studies, and a long sensing distance of >10 km has been achieved based on Raman backscattering, which can be wildly applied in safety and health monitoring of large infrastructure projects, such as warehousing and oil and gas pipelines [6, 7, 8, 9].

Since the first FBG made by Hill [10] at the Canadian Communications Research Center in 1978, FBG has attracted wide attention due to its huge application prospects in optical communication, optical fiber sensing, and integrated optics [11]. FBG utilizes the photosensitive property of the optical fiber material to establish a spatial periodic refractive index distribution on the core of the fiber, which is to change or control the propagation behavior of the light in the region. FBG has been widely used to measure temperature by demodulating the shifts of the Bragg wavelength.

Tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) can detect the gas concentration, temperature, flow rate, and pressure with the advantages of fast response, high sensitivity, and undisturbed measurement. It has been widely used for the detection of temperature and temperature distribution [12]. TDLAS is restricted to the flow with near-uniform properties, because it usually measures path-averaged information along the laser beam [13]. Zhou Xin described a two-line absorption temperature sensing based on two H2O lines with a single laser near 1.8 μm [14]. Nevertheless, quite a few researchers desire to measure the non-uniformity flow fields using one optical beam with multiple absorption lines which is called line-of-sight tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (LOS-TDLAS) [15, 16]. The LOS-TDLAS technique only inverts one-dimensional temperature distribution, so it cannot be well applied to the distribution of combustion field. Until recently, a novel method is developed for measuring the two-dimensional (2D) distribution of temperature and gas concentration combined with the computed tomography (CT) which is called tunable diode laser absorption tomography (TDLAT). There are many validation tests about the TDLAT. They have been done on the NASA Langley Direct-Connect Supersonic Combustion Test Facility and the University of Virginia’s Supersonic Combustion Facility [17, 18, 19, 20]. In addition, a hyperspectral tomography (HT) system has been designed for measuring the 2D distribution of H2O concentration and temperature simultaneously with a temporal resolution of 50 kHz at 225 spatial grid points [19]. In fact, a combustion control system requires a real-time and fast-response sensor to provide important feedback in the steel-reheating furnace and the thermal power plants. In [21], an online measurement system is described which was designed to monitor the 2D distributions of H2O mole fraction and temperature on the dynamic flames using TDLAT.


2. The DTS system

2.1. Basic operational principles of the DTS system

An optical fiber-distributed temperature sensor (DTS) system can continuously monitor space temperature field along the fiber length in real time. The temperature information is primarily gained based on spontaneous Raman scattering in optical fiber and optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) technique. There are various kinds of scattering lights occurred when a short pulse of light is launched into the sensing fiber, such as Rayleigh scattering, Raman scattering, Brillouin scattering, and so on [22]. The frequency of the Rayleigh scattering light is the same as that of the injected light and the intensity is only slightly varying with temperature changes. The Brillouin scattering light is used to simultaneously measure strain and temperature for the sensitivity to changes of strain and temperature. The Raman scattering light is only sensitive to temperature, which is widely used to measure temperature.

There are two scattered components in Raman scattering light [23]. Compared with the frequency of the injected light, the frequency down-shift light is called Stokes (S) Raman scattered light and frequency up-shift light is named anti-Stokes (AS) Raman scattered light. Contrary to the slightly temperature-dependent Stokes Raman scattered light, the intensity of the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light strongly depends on the local fiber temperature. As a result, the intensity of the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light is regarded as the signal light for temperature determination. There are three methods used to demodulate the temperature, which can be described as temperature calculated only using the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light, temperature calculated with the Rayleigh scattered light as the reference light, and temperature calculated with the Stokes scattered light as the reference light.

For the temperature demodulate method, only with the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light, the ratio of the intensity of the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light at temperature Tto anti-Stokes Raman scattered light at a known temperature T0is used to derive fiber temperature. Photoelectric detector and acquisition card with only one channel are adopted which realizes the cost saving. However, there is a slight fluctuation of the laser energy leading to a measured temperature error. As a result, this method has great instability in the practical application.

The temperature demodulate method using the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light as the signal light and the Rayleigh scattered light as the reference light eliminates the influence of light energy fluctuation. However, the intensity of Rayleigh scattered light is much higher than that of the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light, and the attenuation responses of the two kinds of scattered light are quite different from each other when the fiber is bent [24]. This brings great difficulty to the demodulation of temperature and corrects the temperature error.

While the third temperature demodulate method can solve the above problems. The temperature is calculated by the ratio of the intensity of the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light to Stokes Raman scattered light with the Stokes Raman scattered light seen as the reference light. There is little difference in the magnitude of the anti-Stokes and Stokes Raman scattering light intensity, and the same as the attenuation coefficients. The dual channel demodulation method can make up for the shortage of only using the anti-Stokes Raman scattering light demodulating temperature, eliminate the influence of light energy fluctuation, and improve the stability of the system. As a consequence, the third method is often used to demodulate the temperature in a DTS system. Thus, the temperature (T) can be derived from the intensity ratio F (T) as follows [25, 26]:


where φ (T) is the Raman scattering light intensity at temperature T, K is the coefficient concerning Raman scattering cross section, ν is the frequency, h is the Planck constant, ∆ν is the Raman shift in the transmission medium, and kB is the Boltzmann constant, α is the attenuation coefficient, and l is the location along the fiber.

A reference fiber coil with the length l0 is maintained at a known temperature T0. Then, the temperature can be obtained as.


2.2. Brief description of the DTS system

The schematic drawing of the DTS system is presented in Figure 1. By using a 1 × 3 wavelength division multiplexer (WDM), the short pulse of light is injected into the sensing fiber and the occurred Raman backscattered lights are injected into a high-performance InGaAs avalanche photodiode (APD). A data acquisition (DAQ) card converts the analog signals transformed by the APD to digital signals. Then, the temperature data are obtained by processing the digital signals with a computer.

Figure 1.

Schematic of the DTS system setup (WDM, wavelength division multiplexer; APD, InGaAs avalanche photodiode; DAQ, data acquisition).

In the DTS system, the central wavelength of the pulsed fiber laser is 1550 ± 1 nm with a maximum peak power of 30 W, 10-ns pulse width, and 10-kHz repetition rate. A dual channel high-performance APD is adopted with a circuit bandwidth of 80 MHz. The spectral range of the APD is 900—1700 nm, which can fully meet the demand for Raman scattering wavelengths corresponding to the incident wavelength. A dual channel high-speed DAQ card is tailored dedicatedly and specially designed for DTS system applications. The DAQ card uses a network card to transmit data and can perform synchronous sampling up to 100 Ms./s. The real-time linear accumulation average technology is used on the DAQ card with an advantage of zero-time consuming. The highest average number of the DAQ card is 65,535 times, which is suitable for high-speed continuous data acquisition and average measurement applications. Figure 2 shows the picture of the developed DTS system.

Figure 2.

Developed DAQ card and DTS system for temperature measurement.

2.3. Experimental results and discussions

Based on the above DTS system, the temperature measurement experiments are conducted to validate the use of the designed DTS system. A length of 124 m optical fiber is used as the reference fiber and is connected with the sensing fiber of 3 km through the FC/APC connector. Two sections of the fiber are selected: (986–1138 m) and (2828—2938 m). The temperature performance of the DTS system is studied by placing the chosen fiber in a temperature-controlled water bath. The temperature of the temperature-controlled water bath is set at 80.0 ± 0.1°C. Figure 3 shows the measured signal intensities of the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light and Stokes Raman scattered light. The intensities of Raman scattered light both change with the temperature rises. However, the intensity change of the anti-Stokes Raman scattered light is much more obvious. The corresponding temperature calculated by the theory presented in Section 2.1 is shown in Figure 4.

Figure 3.

The measured signal intensities of the anti-stokes Raman scattered light and stokes Raman scattered light.

Figure 4.

The measured temperature using the DTS system.

Due to the advantages of accurate temperature measurement and remote distributed measurement, the DTS system is widely used for the fire warning by measuring the temperature changes and setting up a threshold. Simultaneously, the DTS system is also possible to locate fire sources, which can provide guidance for the timely and effectively extinguishing of fire sources [27, 28].

As shown in Figure 5, a fire breakout in a closed room will produce lots of hot gases [29]. The hot gases propagate in shapes similar to that across the ceiling plane of the closed room after the gases rise up to the ceiling. Some assumptions are made to simplify the problem, such as smooth ceiling of the closed room with a low thermal conductivity, the fire located below the ceiling and not directly at a wall, and so on. Then, the hot gases propagating shapes can be considered as a perfect round. The position of the fire source is situated underneath the center point of the circular shapes in the ceiling plane, which can be calculated by measuring the temperature changes with the DTS system.

Figure 5.

A fire in a closed room.

Two kinds of methods are proposed to locate a fire source using a DTS system. A section of the dual-line optical fiber or two sections of optical fibers placed orthogonally to each other are used as the sensing elements and installed near the ceiling of a closed room in which the fire source is located. The methods of the source location are verified with experiments using burning alcohol as fire source. Take the fibers on opposite sides of fire source as an example. The coordinates of the alcohol tray center are (45 and 35 cm). When the alcohol is burning, the measured temperature by the DTS system is shown in Figure 6. The closer the fiber to the fire source, the higher the measured temperatures. The measured temperature increases fast at the early stage, and the temperature rise rate of the fiber decreases gradually with the burning time increase.

Figure 6.

(a) The measured temperature at different burning times. (b) The measured temperature for different fiber lengths.

Figure 7 shows the fire source location and errors in dependence of the alcohol burning time. A moving average filter is adopted to reduce the fluctuation of the calculated results. The position of the fire source is depicted in Figure 8 for a fire burning time of 90 s. The calculated coordinate of the fire source is determined at (45 and 35 cm), which is the same as the actual fire source center.

Figure 7.

Fire source location and errors in dependence of the alcohol burning time.

Figure 8.

Calculated fire source location with 90-s burning time of the fire.

2.4. Industrial fields and applications

In order to demonstrate the developed DTS system, some preliminary field trials have been carried out at different sites in some circumstances as shown in Figures 9 and 10.

Figure 9.

The mine flameproof DTS system and the measured temperature changes in the coal mine.

Figure 10.

Application of the DTS system to fire monitoring in urban underground comprehensive pipe corridor.

Figure 9 shows the test of the mine flameproof DTS system in the coal mine. The measured changes of the temperature indicate that the sensing fibers are placed in coal pillars. As the coal pillars are exposed to the air, the permeated oxygen causes the coal to oxidize and release the heat, causing the internal temperature to be higher than the external temperature. Figure 10 shows a fire safety distributed optical fiber fire detector, which can be used for fire detection and alarm in most situations.


3. The FBG temperature sensor

3.1. Measurement principle of the FBG temperature sensor

When the external temperature or strain changes, the period of FBG and the refractive index of the core will change, which cause the change of the Bragg wavelength of the FBG. In addition, the Bragg wavelength of the FBG follows the change of these quantities, which is the basic principle of the FBG as the wavelength modulation sensor. As long as the wavelength change of FBG can be measured, the strain and temperature of FBG can be obtained. Therefore, it is the most important to master the rule of FBG wavelength varying with these quantities.

As shown in Figure 11, a broadband light source is injected into the optical fiber, and the grating reflects the narrowband spectral components of the Bragg wavelength. The component of the spectrum is lost in the transmission light. The bandwidth of the reflected signal depends on several parameters, especially the length of the FBG, but is usually 0.05–0.3 nm [30] in most FBG sensor applications. The perturbation of the FBG leads to the offset of the Bragg wavelength of the sensor, which can be detected in the reflection or transmission spectrum. From the coupled-mode theory [31], the expression of the FBG equation is expressed as follows:


Figure 11.

The schematic of the FBG-based sensor system with reflective or transmissive detection options.

It is known that the Bragg wavelength λB varies with the change of the equivalent refractive index neffand the period Λ of the FBG. The equivalent refractive index and the period of FBG vary with the change of strain and temperature, which can be written in the following form:


By differential


Deformed to


Simplify to


Further rewrite to


According to the definition of thermal expansion coefficient, thermal coefficient and strain, and the theory of elastic effect


where αFis the thermal expansion coefficient of the fiber, the ξis the thermal optical coefficient of the fiber, and the Pεis the effective elastic coefficient of the fiber. For a finished fiber, the above coefficients are constant, so.


where Δεand ΔTare the changes of strain and temperature, respectively. When the FBG is not affected by the strain, the upper formula can be rewritten as.


It can be seen that the temperature-sensing characteristics of the FBG are caused by the thermal light effect and thermal expansion effect of the FBG. The effective refractive index of FBG is changed by thermo-optic effect, while the thermal expansion effect causes the grating periodic change, resulting in the variation of wavelength of the FBG reflection peak. The wavelength of the FBG varies with the temperature, as shown in Eq. (11). To measure the wavelength change of the FBG, the temperature of the FBG can be obtained, which is the basic principle of the FBG sensors.

From Eq. (11), the sensitivity coefficient of FBG depends on the material itself. Therefore, using FBG as temperature sensor can get a good linear output. Generally, the linear thermal expansion coefficient of fused silica fiber is αF = 5.0 × 10−7/°C~5.5 × 10−7/°C, the thermal optical coefficient of the fiber is ξ = 6.0 × 10−6/°C~1.0 × 10−5/°CC [32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38]. The temperature sensitivity of FBG at different center wavelengths is given in αF = 5.5 × 10−7, ξ = 6.4 × 10−6/°C as an example, as shown in Table 1.

Wavelength (nm)Temperature sensitivity (pm/°C)Wavelength (nm)Temperature sensitivity (pm/°C)

Table 1.

Temperature sensitivity of FBG at different Bragg wavelengths.

It can be seen that the temperature sensitivity of fused silica FBG is essentially determined by the refractive index and temperature coefficient of the material, without considering the external factors. At present, the temperature sensitivity of the bare FBG is about 10 pm/°C [30, 32, 33], and the FBG demodulator with the resolution of 1 pm [39] can provide temperature measurement of 0.1°C. The temperature response of the Bragg wavelength of FBG is measured in the range of 30–100°C. In the experiment, a λB is recorded for each change of temperature at 10°C for Bragg wavelength detection. The test result is shown in Figure 12. The experimental results show that the temperature sensitivity of the bare FBG is 10.68 pm/°C and the linearity is 0.99954, which shows that the linearity is very good.

Figure 12.

Relation of the temperature and the Bragg wavelength.

3.2. Research progress and practical application of the FBG temperature sensor

Since 1978, people first successfully write gratings in germanium-doped fibers, the fabrication of FBG has been formally started. From 1978 till now, the fabrication technology of FBG has made great progress, and many writing methods and practical techniques have been studied. The fabrication methods of FBG can be divided into internal writing method [10], interference method [40], point-by-point writing method [41], and phase mask writing method [42]. The phase mask writing method is widely applied because of its advantages such as simple process, good reproducibility, high yield, and large-scale production.

Temperature is a factor that directly affects the wavelength change of FBG. It is used directly as a direct application of bare FBG as a temperature sensor [43, 44]. Usually, FBG cannot be used directly as a sensor because of the stiffness and vulnerability of the fiber. Like many other types of sensors, FBG temperature sensors also need to be encapsulated. The main role of encapsulation technology is protection and sensitization, and it is hoped that FBG can have a strong mechanical strength and a longer life span. At the same time, it is also hoped that the sensitivity of FBG response to temperature can be improved by appropriate encapsulation technology in optical fiber sensing. The commonly used packaging methods are base sheet type, metal tube type, polymer encapsulation mode [32, 33, 45], and so on. As shown in Figure 13, it is a metal tube type encapsulated temperature sensor used in our laboratory.

Figure 13.

Metal tube type encapsulated FBG temperature sensor.

On the other hand, some new technologies are also introduced to FBG temperature-sensing technology to improve the performance of FBG temperature sensors such as the use of doping in the optical fiber special impurities [46], femtosecond laser grating [47], D fiber [48], polymer-coated [49], and other methods to improve the temperature measurement range of FBG. These sensors can measure temperature at high temperature or ultra-low temperature conditions. At present, FBG temperature sensor has been widely used in many fields, such as medical [50], structural health monitoring [51], nuclear industry [52], electric power systems [53], and so on. But in most applications, the cross-sensitivity problem of temperature and strain of FBG sensors is urgently needed to solve, and this research was also conducted extensively [54, 55, 56, 57].

The FBG sensor is mainly used in the safety monitoring system of coal mine. As shown in Figure 14, the FBG temperature sensor is fixed near the measuring point by binding and welding. Six FBG temperature sensors are mounted on the second layer of the vent of the mine shaft, and the real-time monitoring results of the sensor are shown in Figure 15. The FBG temperature sensor can be used to monitor the air temperature in the mine in real time, which can be used to provide data and early warning for the monitoring demand of the hidden danger of the coal mine fire.

Figure 14.

Installation diagram of FBG temperature sensor.

Figure 15.

The real-time monitoring results of FBG sensors on the second layer of the vent of the mine shaft.


4. The TDLAS temperature measurement system

4.1. The principles of TDLAS

The TDLAT includes TDLAS and CT technology. The TDLAS is used to measure the spectral information of the laser beam path, and the CT technology is used for calculating the 2D images of gas concentration and temperature. According to the Lambert–Beer law, the laser beams at frequency ν[cm−1] through the measure region with a path length of L[cm], the absorbance ανcan be expressed as [58].


where Cis the target gas concentration, P[atm] is the local total pressure, φ[cm] is the normalized line shape function, and T[K] is the local temperature. For atmosphere pressure and a high temperature, the line shape is usually approximated by a Voigt profile [59, 60]. The line strength of molecular transition S[T] [cm−2 atm−1] is a function of temperature as follows [61]:


where T0 [K] is the reference temperature, h[J·s] is Planck’s constant, k[J/K] is Boltzmann’s constant, c[cm/s] is the light speed, v0[cm−1] is the line-center frequency, E”[cm−1] is the lower state energy of the transition, v0 and Q(T) is the partition function of the absorbing molecule [62]. Because the line-shape function φis normalized ∫φdν≡ 1, the integrated absorbance Av[cm−1] can be inferred from Eq. (12).


The integrated absorbance of two transition lines is measured simultaneously with the same concentration, pressure, and path length. Beside the double-line thermometry [63], the ratio of two absorbances can be further simplified to Eq. (14). Ris the ration which is a function of temperature only as expressed.


Then, the temperature can be calculated by the following equation:


Each line integrated absorbance Aνcan be obtained by fitting Voigt line shape. The gas concentration can be calculated from the integrated absorbance within the known temperature, pressure and path length using Eq. (14). However, the calculated concentration and temperature are the path-averaged value along the line of sight. For the 2D distributions of gas concentration and temperature in the ROI (region of interest), it is divided into M × Ngrids, as shown in Figure 16. In each grid, the target gas concentration and temperature are assumed to be uniform. The optical path length Li,jof the i-th laser beam within the j-th grid can be calculated according to the two intersecting positions of the grid and beam. It is obvious that the tomographic image pixels and accuracy rely on the number of views, laser beams, and discretized grids.

Figure 16.

A geometric description of a projection beam and ROI.

According to Eq. (14), the integrated absorbance of the i-th laser beam Av,ican be expressed as Eq. (17).


where αν,iis the absorption coefficient in the j-th grid. Iand M × Nare the number of beams and total grid, respectively. Actually, Eq. (17) is more easily understood to be rewritten in matrix equation as Eq. (18).


The matrix Lcan be determined by a geometrical arrangement. The integrated absorbances of two lines Av1and Av2are obtained by measurements. In this work, we can calculate the absorption coefficients ανusing the algebraic reconstruction technique (ART) to solve the linear equation [64]. Equation (19) is the iterative formula to solve the linear equation.


where λ(0 < λ < 2) is the relaxation coefficient which plays an important role in determining convergence rate and accuracy performance, kis the iteration index in the iterative process [65]. To modify a more effective imaging algorithm, the λof conventional ART should be replaced by an automatic adjustment relaxation parameter in time of the iterative process [66]. The λof Eq. (19) can be expressed as.


where βis a constant where the value would be recommended for from 0.1 to 0.3. It depends on the number of grids and beams. As shown in Eq. (21), the εis the difference between two absorption coefficients in the iterative process. The iteration will be terminated when the εis less than 1 × 10−6.


The absorbances αv1,jand αv2,jin the j-th grid are obtained by performing the ART. Finally, the temperature Tjin j-th grid can be retrieved from Eqs. (15) and (16), the H2O concentration can be calculated from Eq. (22).


4.2. The typical system

Figure 17(a) shows a typical system of TDLAT. Figure 17(b) shows a photograph of the optical test section and the configuration of the probe beams: eight vertically and eight horizontally, and the neighboring probe beams have a 4-cm spacing. To be specific, the diode laser controller provides a stable temperature and a precise current controlling for a DFB laser. Two H2O absorption lines included v1 = 7164.91 cm−1 and v2 = 7165.84 cm−1 can be covered by the signal generator which can produce a saw-tooth scanning current. Then, the output laser is split into 16 channels by a 1 × 16 splitter. Each channel output beam is firstly collimated by a collimator and then guided through the region of interest. Finally, the laser beam comprising absorption information is sampled by the photodetector. The signal of 16 channels is transferred into the Personal Computer simultaneously for reconstructing the 2D distributions of H2O concentration and temperature. In this process, a LabVIEW program is used to perform the data sampling and processing.

Figure 17.

The experimental system. (a) The scheme of the TDLAT system with 8 × 8 grids, (b) the photograph of the optical section: Right and under are 16 detectors, left and upper are 16 collimators.

4.3. Experimental setup and results

Based on the above TDLAT system, a series of experiments have been done. The output wave number of DFB laser requires to be measured before the test started. The result shows that the variation is 0.032 cm−1/mA and it is inversely proportional to the laser drive current. Figure 18 shows the relationship between the laser wave number and the drive current under different temperatures. In the experiments, the drive current is set from 63 to 118 mA and the laser temperature is stabilized at 31°C. The wave number range of laser transmission is from 7164.64 to 7166.40 cm−1 which cover the two H2O absorption lines. Meanwhile, all the absorption spectrums are fit by the Voigt line-shape function. Figure 19 shows the direct absorption signals in room air (black dot line) and in flame (red solid line) for two H2O absorption lines at v1 = 7165.82 and v2 = 7164.91 cm−1, respectively. At last, the distributions of H2O concentration and temperature can be calculated by the modified ART. In the case of computing efficiency, one image of 2D distributions can be updated and displayed for less than 1 s. In the future work, we could increase the scanning frequency to hundred or thousand times to meet the different combustion states.

Figure 18.

The relationship of the laser wave number and drive current at different operation temperatures.

Figure 19.

The direct absorption signals in the flame (red solid line) and in room air (black dot line) for two transitions atv1 = 7164.91 andv2 = 7165.82 cm−1, respectively.

In this experiment, a premixed flame is generated by a circular flat flame burner which is shown in Figure 20. The air and gas fuel were mixed in a buffering zone and then through the honeycomb grids before flying into the flame region. At the same time, the gas flow rate is accurately controlled using two float-type flow meters. As shown in Figure 21, the side length of the square measurement region is 32 cm and the diameter of the burner is 12 cm. The height of the laser beams is adjusted to 2 cm above the burner surface. Therefore, the image of 2D distributions of the H2O concentration and temperature is the cross section of the flame at H = 2 cm. In the series of experiments, the air flow rate is set to 20 L/min, and three different combustion states are operated by setting the gas fuel (CH4) flow rates to 2.1, 1.6, and 1.0 L/min, which results in the fuel-air equivalence ratio (ϕ) approximate to 1, 0.75, and 0.5, respectively. The 2D distributions of H2O concentration Ccaland temperature Tcalare able to reconstruct, when the flame is stabilized.

Figure 20.

Schematic of the burner.

Figure 21.

The geometric description of one burner to generate a symmetrical flame shape.

As shown in Figure 22(a), the cubic spline interpolating function is applied to smooth the reconstructed image [67]. The value of Ccaland Tcalin the flame core is larger than the flame edge. The three peaks of temperature are 955, 992, and 1127 K under three different kinds of equivalence ratios, respectively. Most obviously, when the equivalence ratio of the premixed flow is exactly stoichiometric, the combustion temperature will reach the highest. For comparison purposes, a B-type thermocouple has been used to measure the temperature of the core flame, and the results are 905, 970, and 1066 K under three different equivalence ratios, respectively. We can calculate the temperature relative errors, which are less than 5.6%, between the peak value of Tcaland the B-type thermocouple. As shown in Figure 22(b), the case of the H2O concentration Ccaldistribution is quite like the distribution of Tcal. We can calculate the theoretical value of H2O concentration using chemical equilibrium method under the different fuel-air equivalence ratio. The results show that the H2O concentrations are 0.190, 0.146, and 0.099 while the fuel-air equivalence ratios are 1, 0.75, and 0.5, respectively. In contrast, the measurement values are 0.174, 0.135, and 0.092 in the core flame under three combustion states. Therefore, the relative errors of Ccalbetween theoretical value and the measurement are less than 8.6%. The errors are mainly produced by the flow disturbance and the flame region which can cause the H2O concentration to be lower than its theoretical value.

Figure 22.

The results of distributions under three kinds of fuel-air equivalence ratio (ϕ). (a) Temperature distributions and (b) H2O concentration distributions.

A TDLAT sensor was developed for the simultaneous tomographic imaging of temperature and species concentration. The distribution images of temperature and H2O mole fraction are carried out during three combustion states, and the time resolution is less than 1 s. The spatial and temporal resolutions can be increased by improving the scan frequency of DFB laser and data-processing algorithms in the future.


5. Conclusions

In this chapter, three temperature measuring methods with DTS, FBG, and TDLAS are introduced in detail. The DTS system can continuously monitor space temperature field along the fiber length in real time. It is widely used for a fire safety distributed optical fiber fire detector and alarm, such as the field of coal mine security. Simultaneously, the DTS system is also to locate fire sources in the three-dimensional space. The FBG temperature sensor can measure the temperature using the Bragg wavelength change. It had been widely applied in the safety monitoring system of coal mine. The temperature sensitivity of the bare FBG is 10.68 pm/°C and the linearity is 0.99954. The TDLAT sensor is a new effective method for the reconstruction of the temperature and H2O concentration distribution. The distribution images of temperature and H2O mole fraction are carried out during three combustion states, and the time resolution is less than 1 s. Furthermore, it exhibits a good potential for combustion flame monitoring. The dynamic flame shape diagnosis can be used for combustion feedback control in order to maintain combustion efficiency and minimize pollutant emissions during their operation life cycle.



This work is partly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41775128, 41405034, and 11204319), the External Cooperation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. GJHZ1726), the Special Fund for Basic Research on Scientific Instruments of the Chinese Academy of Science (Grant No. YZ201315), and the Chinese Academy of Science President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI, 2015VMA007).


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