Investigation on computed pressures from PIV, a study of how boundary definitions affect pressure accuracy along objects on the example of a cylinder flow.


  • Francisco Felis-Carrasco Dantec Dynamics A/S, Denmark
  • David Hess Dantec Dynamics A/S, Denmark
  • Bo Beltoft Watz Dantec Dynamics A/S, Denmark
  • Miguel Alfonso Mendez Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium



Pressure, from PIV, pressure computation, accuracy


This work discusses an approach to compute pressure fields from planar PIV measurement using standard CFD tools. In particular, we propose a combination of interpolation and mesh adaptation to import the PIV measurements on a grid that is morphed around objects, and is fine enough to solve the Poisson equation accurately. The whole process of meshing, interpolation and pressure computation is carried out using the popular open-source solver OpenFoamĀ®. The method is tested and validated on a classic benchmark test case, namely, the unsteady flow past a cylinder. A 3D multiphase flow simulation is used to generate the reference data and analyze the impact of both, the PIV interrogation and the interpolation on the morphed grid. The simulation uses an Euler-Lagrangian one-way coupling approach to simulate the flow field and the dynamics of seeding particles. The analysis compares the pressure field from the 3D CFD simulation with the solution of a 2D Poisson equation based on the 2D velocity field obtained by either down-sampling the CFD data or by PIV interrogation of synthetic images built from the CFD data. Finally, we challenge the proposed method with the pressure reconstruction in a TR-PIV experiment in similar conditions.

Author Biography

David Hess, Dantec Dynamics A/S, Denmark

PHD at TU-Freiberg on technological and bilogical flows using scanning PIV techniques.
2013 working for Datenc Dynamics, in the position of Product Manager






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