Structure of a Turbulent Boundary Layer Using a Stereoscopic, Large Format Video-PIV

  • Z. C. Liu
  • R. J. Adrian
  • C. D. Meinhard
  • W. Lai
Conference paper


Development of a stereoscopic particle image velocimeter for the measurement of three-dimensional vectors on a planar domain is described. The camera is based on two large format (2k × 2k) video cameras. Experiments in a turbulent boundary layer at Re θ = 2525 demonstrate its ability to measure three-dimensional turbulent flow. In addition to the quantitative value of the out-of-plane component, it is found that having the complete three-dimensional vector also significantly improves the qualitative visualization of the flow.


Particle image velocimetry Boundary layer Three-dimensional Stereoscopic Videographic Turbulence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. C. Liu
    • 1
  • R. J. Adrian
    • 1
  • C. D. Meinhard
    • 2
  • W. Lai
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Theoretical and Applied MechanicsUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.TSI, Inc.St. PaulUSA

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