DIGITAL IMAGE ANALYSIS OF BURNING DROPLETS IN THE PRESENCE OF BACKLIGHT DIFFRACTION AND SOOT

Ramya Bhaskar, Benjamin Shaw

Abstract

Approaches for analyzing digital images of moving and burning fuel droplets, with the goal of accurately measuring droplet edge coordinates, are discussed. Strategies for locating droplet edges in the presence of obscuration from soot and also backlight diffraction at the droplet edge are described. An outlier detection method is employed to identify outliers in droplet edge coordinates, and the resulting data can have significantly smaller standard deviations in droplet diameters if outliers are rejected, especially for droplets that exhibit significant soot formation. The approaches described herein are applied to images from droplet combustion experiments performed on the International Space Station as well as to synthetic image sequences that were generated to enable the accuracy of the algorithms to be assessed.


Keywords
diffraction; burning droplets; image analysis; soot

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DOI: 10.5566/ias.2015

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Image Analysis & Stereology
EISSN 1854-5165 (Electronic version)
ISSN 1580-3139 (Printed version)