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Full-field bubbly flow velocity measurements by digital image pulsed laser velocimetry

Abstract

Digital Pulsed Laser Velocimetry (DPLV) is a full-field, two dimensional, noninvasive, quantitative flow visualization technique. The technique described here includes the novel use of direct digitization of two-phase bubbly flow images using a high resolution imaging system. The image data is stored for further analysis by new image processing and analysis software developed for flow experiments.

In the technique, ten consecutive frames of data separated by a time increment of 150 ms, are recorded. Each of these ten frames contains the images of bubbles at that one instant of time. A program smooths the instantaneous image and calculates bubble parameters. Another program matches the bubbles from each of the frames into tracks of bubbles through time. This program uses a statistical technique to determine the best possible path of the bubbles.

The ability of pulsed laser velocimetry to capture simultaneous and quantitative rather than qualitative information along with these image processing techniques gives the experimentalist a powerful tool to perform flow visualization and analysis.

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Hassan, Y., Blanchat, T. Full-field bubbly flow velocity measurements by digital image pulsed laser velocimetry. Experiments in Fluids 11, 293–301 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00194861

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Keywords

  • Velocimetry
  • Flow Visualization
  • High Resolution Imaging
  • Flow Experiment
  • Visualization Technique