Soap bubbles seeding for quantitative time resolved velocity measurements of a turbulent wake flow behind a cylinder
Keywords:Soap bubbles, PIV, air flow, wake, cylinder
The wake flow behind a cylinder of 100mm diameter is investigated using time resolved 2D PIV technique applied to an air flow generated in a closed loop open test section wind tunnel. The flow is seeded using a micro soap bubble generator (BG-1000, TSI Inc.). The bubbles in the air flow were illuminated with a CW laser source and imaged using a high-speed camera. The main purpose of this study is to show features and advantages of using soap bubbles as seeding for a relatively large-scale PIV investigation under low power illumination conditions.
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