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Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for In-Cylinder Equivalence Ratio Measurements in Laser-Ignited Natural Gas Engines

Volume 63, Number 5 (May 2009) Page 549-554

Joshi, Sachin; Olsen, Daniel B.; Dumitrescu, Cosmin; Puzinauskas, Paulius V.; Yalin, Azer P.


In this contribution we present the first demonstration of simultaneous use of laser sparks for engine ignition and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) measurements of in-cylinder equivalence ratios. A 1064 nm neodynium yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser beam is used with an optical spark plug to ignite a single cylinder natural gas engine. The optical emission from the combustion initiating laser spark is collected through the optical spark plug and cycle-by-cycle spectra are analyzed for Hα(656 nm), O(777 nm), and N(742 nm, 744 nm, and 746 nm) neutral atomic lines. The line area ratios of Hα/O777, Hα/N746, and Hα/Ntot (where Ntot is the sum of areas of the aforementioned N lines) are correlated with equivalence ratios measured by a wide band universal exhaust gas oxygen (UEGO) sensor. Experiments are performed for input laser energy levels of 21 mJ and 26 mJ, compression ratios of 9 and 11, and equivalence ratios between 0.6 and 0.95. The results show a linear correlation (R2 > 0.99) of line intensity ratio with equivalence ratio, thereby suggesting an engine diagnostic method for cylinder resolved equivalence ratio measurements.