PIV measurement of complex flow characteristics in open-cell metal foam replica
Keywords:Metal foam, Flow visualization, PIV measurement, Turbulent flow
Time-resolved 2-D particle image velocimetry was used to study on turbulent flow characteristics inside an open-cell metal foam under the laminar and turbulent inlet conditions. A study on the effect of Reynolds number was conducted with different three channel Reynolds numbers, 1000, 5000 and 10000. Uniform upstream flow is divided by the pore network of metal foam and it is found that there are flow disturbances induced by metal foam structure even at a laminar inlet condition. It is confirmed that there is a similarity of the preferred flow path flows take regardless of Reynolds number.
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