Chemiluminescence and thermal imaging techniques have been used to examine the chemical and thermal behavior of turbulent flames with practical application to TBCC propulsion systems. The present study examines single swirler using an experimental double concentric swirl burner that simulates one swirler in a practical gas turbine combustor. The optical emission spectroscopy (OES) technique have been used to provide information on selected species in flames that mark the flame reaction zone and heat release rate. The instantaneous images are then integrated to obtain time-averaged information. Spatial distribution of OH, CH, C2 species from within the flames have been obtained at selected wavelengths using an ICCD camera and narrow band interference filters. The vibrational temperature distributions are obtained from the ratio of intensities of two discrete C2 bands of 470nm and 515nm. The time-averaged spatial distribution of flame generated radicals is processed using the Abel Inversion technique to project the initial 2-D image to represent the 3-D distribution of species and temperature in the flame. The results show that swirl distribution affects the shape of the spatial distribution by spreading the high intensity regions radially outwards with increase in swirl strength at inner regions of the fuel injector. Co-swirl distribution in the burner provided decrease in temperature and species intensity due to greater entrainment of the surrounding fluid. Calculated flame thermal strain rates were found to be significantly different for the co- and counter-swirl flames.

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