Determining water content in a liquid fuel by the luminosity of its droplet

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In this research, an effective way to identify the grade of a typical liquid fuel or combustible liquid judging by the luminous intensity of a single droplet is offered. This method is based on comparing the luminosity of droplets under study illuminated by an impulse laser against reference values. The experiments feature droplets of typical fuels, a combustible liquid, and water at different heated air temperatures ranging from 20 to 500 °C. Water is used due to its popularity as an environmentally friendly additive to high-potential fuels. The experiments involved a non-contact optical diagnostic technique of Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence and two fluorophore types (Rhodamine 6G and Rhodamine B). The luminosity ranges of droplets of fuel-water compositions were experimentally determined for the first time. A number of approximations were obtained for typical combustible liquids, which make it possible to determine the percentage of water in a fuel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116415
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2021


  • Agents and additives
  • Fuel grade
  • Liquid fuel
  • Luminosity
  • Rhodamine 6G and Rhodamine B fluorophores
  • Temperature field of droplet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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