Effect of orifice length-diameter ratio on spray characteristics

A. G. Gellales
naca-tn-352
Oct 1930


The effect of variations of orifice length to diameter ratio on spray characteristics was determined for a 0.014-inch and a 0.040-inch orifice for ratio of 0.5 to 4.0. The nozzles containing the orifices were mounted in an injection valve and tested with a plan stem and with a helically grooved stem. The injection pressure was varied from 4000 to 8000 pounds per square inch. The air density into which the fuel was sprayed was varied from the density obtained with a pressure of 60 pounds per square inch to the density obtained with a pressure of 250 pounds per square inch at room temperature. The tests showed that increasing the orifice length to diameter ratio with a plain stem in the injection valve causes the spray tip penetration first to decrease, reaching a minimum between a ratio of 1.5 and 2.5, and then to increase, reaching a maximum at a ratio greater than 3.5. The spray cone angle showed little change with variation of the ratio. With a helically grooved stem and small ratio of orifice area to groove area, the penetration at first shows little tendency towards a minimum; but as the time of injection is increased to 0.004 second, the penetration becomes a minimum at a ratio between 0.5 and 2.0.

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