Abstract: Abstract
This work documents diode laser absorption measurements of CO2 flow in the free stream of the Longshot hypersonic impulse facility at Mach numbers ranging from 10 to 12. The diode laser sensor was designed to measure absorption of the P12 (30013)
\(\leftarrow\)
(00001) transition near 1.6
\(\upmu\)
m, which yields relatively weak direct absorption levels (3.5 % per meter at peak Longshot free-stream conditions). Despite this weak absorption, measurements yielded valuable flow property information during the first 20 ms of facility runs. Simultaneous measurements of static temperature, pressure, and velocity were acquired in the inviscid core flow region using a laser wavelength scanning frequency of 600 Hz.
The free-stream values obtained from DLAS measurements were then compared to Longshot probe-derived values determined from settling chamber and probe measurements. This comparison enabled an assessment of the traditional method of flow characterization in the facility, which indicated negligible influence from possible vibrational freezing of reservoir gases. PubDate: 2016-01-21

Abstract: Abstract
Evanescent wave nano-velocimetry offers a unique three-dimensional measurement capability that allows for inferring tracer position distribution through the imaged particle intensities. Our previous study suggested that tracer polydispersity and failure to account for a near-wall tracer depletion layer would lead to compromised measurement accuracy.
In this work, we report on a hybrid algorithm that converts the measured tracer intensities as a whole into their overall position distribution. The algorithm achieves a superior accuracy by using tracer size variation as a statistical analysis parameter. PubDate: 2016-01-21

Abstract: Abstract
Microbial organisms are easily observed in geometrically confined environments. The swimming characteristics of these microorganisms are largely influenced by the presence of a solid surface. Their swimming behavior in the near-wall region shows different physical motilities. In this study, digital in-line holographic particle tracking velocimetry technique is used to investigate the three-dimensional (3D) motile characteristics of Prorocentrum minimum, especially in the near-wall region. The effects of the interaction between the microorganism and a solid wall on the 3D swimming characteristics, such as helix parameters, orientation, and attraction to the wall, are experimentally analyzed. As a result, swimming microorganisms are observed to have high motility and thrust generation near the wall, compared with the unrestrained free-swimming ones. In addition, the swimming direction tends to become parallel to the wall and they concentrate near the solid surface. PubDate: 2016-01-21

Abstract: Abstract
Low profile impinging jets provide a means to achieve high heat transfer coefficients while occupying a small quantity of space. Consequently, they are found in many engineering applications such as electronics cooling, annealing of metals, food processing, and others.
This paper investigates the influence of the stagnation zone fluid dynamics on the nozzle exit flow condition of a low profile, submerged, and confined impinging water jet. The jet was geometrically constrained to a round, 16-mm diameter, square-edged nozzle at a jet exit to target surface spacing (H/D) that varied between
\(0.25 < {{ H}{/}{ D}} < 8.75\)
. The influence of turbulent flow regimes is the main focus of this paper; however, laminar flow data are also presented between
\(1350 < Re < 17{,}300\)
. A custom measurement facility was designed and commissioned to utilise particle image velocimetry in order to quantitatively measure the fluid dynamics both before and after the jet exits its nozzle. The velocity profiles are normalised with the mean velocity across the nozzle exit, and turbulence statistics are also presented. The primary objective of this paper is to present accurate flow profiles across the nozzle exit of an impinging jet confined to a low H/D, with a view to guide the boundary conditions chosen for numerical simulations confined to similar constraints. The results revealed in this paper suggest that the fluid dynamics in the stagnation zone strongly influences the nozzle exit velocity profile at confinement heights between
\(0 < {{ H}{/}{ D}} < 1\)
. This is of particular relevance with regard to the choice of inlet boundary conditions in numerical models, and it was found that it is necessary to model a jet tube length
\({{ L}{/}{ D}} > 0.5\)
—where D is the inner diameter of the jet—in order to minimise modelling uncertainty. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
Turbocharging reciprocating engines is a viable solution in order to meet the new regulations for emissions and fuel efficiency in part because turbochargers allow to use smaller, more efficient engines (downsizing) while maintaining power. A major challenge is to match the flow range of a dynamic turbomachine (the centrifugal compressor in the turbocharger) with a positive displacement pump (the engine) as the flow range of the latter is typically higher. The operating range of the compressor is thus of prime interest. At low mass flow rate (MFR), the compressor range is limited by the occurrence of surge. To control and improve it, numerous and varied methods have been used. Yet, an automotive application requires that the solution remains relatively simple and preferably passive. A common feature that has been demonstrated to improve the surge line is the use of flow recirculation in the inducer region through a circumferential bleed slot around the shroud, also called “ported shroud”, similar to what has been developed for axial compressors in the past. The compressor studied here features such a device. In order to better understand the effect of the recirculation slot on the compressor functioning, flow measurements were performed at the inlet using particle image velocimetry and the results were correlated with pressure measurements nearby. Measurements were taken on a compressor with and without recirculation and across the full range of normal operation and during surge using a phase-locking method to obtain average flow fields throughout the entire surge cycle. When the recirculation is blocked, it was found that strong backflow develops at low MFR perturbing the incoming flow and inducing significant preswirl. The slot eliminated most of the backflow in front of the inducer making the compressor operation more stable. The measurements performed during surge showed strong backflow occurring periodically during the outlet pressure drop and when the instantaneous MFR is near 0 or negative. The flow motion at the inlet is highly three dimensional as flow enters in the center of the inducer at all times, even when the instantaneous flow rate is negative, compared to the reversed flow observed in the entire inlet for surging axial compressors. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
The Moments-algorithm was developed to post-process images of sprays with the aim of characterizing the sprays’ complex features (e.g., trajectory, dispersions and dynamics) in terms of simple curves, which can be used for developing correlation models and design tools. To achieve this objective, the algorithm calculates the first moments of pixel intensity values in instantaneous images of the spray to determine its center-of-gravity (CG) trajectory (i.e., the spray density-weighted centerline trajectory). Thereafter, the second moments (i.e., standard-deviations, σ) of intensities are calculated to describe the dispersion of spray materials around the CG. After the instantaneous CG's and σ's for the instantaneous images have been obtained, they are arithmetically averaged to produce the average spray trajectories and dispersions. Additionally, the second moments of instantaneous CG's are used to characterize the spray’s fluctuation magnitude. The Moments-algorithm has three main advantages over threshold-based edge-tracking and other conventional post-processing approaches: (1) It simultaneously describes the spray’s instantaneous and average trajectories, dispersions and fluctuations, instead of just the outer/inner-edges, (2) the use of moments to define these spray characteristics is more physically meaningful because they reflect the statistical distribution of droplets within the spray plume instead of relying on an artificially interpreted “edge”, and (3) the use of moments decreases the uncertainties of the post-processed results because moments are mathematically defined and do not depend upon user-adjustments/interpretations. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
The potential benefits of active flow control are no more debated. Among many others applications, flow control provides an effective mean for manipulating turbulent separated flows. Here, a nonthermal surface plasma discharge (dielectric barrier discharge) is installed at the step corner of a backward-facing step (U
0 = 15 m/s, Re
h
= 30,000, Re
θ
= 1650). Wall pressure sensors are used to estimate the reattaching location downstream of the step (objective function #1) and also to measure the wall pressure fluctuation coefficients (objective function #2). An autonomous multi-variable optimization by genetic algorithm is implemented in an experiment for optimizing simultaneously the voltage amplitude, the burst frequency and the duty cycle of the high-voltage signal producing the surface plasma discharge. The single-objective optimization problems concern alternatively the minimization of the objective function #1 and the maximization of the objective function #2. The present paper demonstrates that when coupled with the plasma actuator and the wall pressure sensors, the genetic algorithm can find the optimum forcing conditions in only a few generations. At the end of the iterative search process, the minimum reattaching position is achieved by forcing the flow at the shear layer mode where a large spreading rate is obtained by increasing the periodicity of the vortex street and by enhancing the vortex pairing process. The objective function #2 is maximized for an actuation at half the shear layer mode. In this specific forcing mode, time-resolved PIV shows that the vortex pairing is reduced and that the strong fluctuations of the wall pressure coefficients result from the periodic passages of flow structures whose size corresponds to the height of the step model. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
Different driving algorithms for a large random jet array (RJA) were tested and their performance characterized by comparing the statistics of the turbulence generated downstream of the RJA. Of particular interest was the spatial configuration of the jets operating at any given instant (an aspect that has not been documented in previous RJAs studies), as well as the statistics of their respective on/off times. All algorithms generated flows with nonzero skewnesses of the velocity fluctuation normal to the plane of the RJA (identified as an inherent limitation of the system resulting from the unidirectional forcing imposed from only one side of the RJA), and slightly super-Gaussian kurtoses of the velocity fluctuations in all directions. It was observed that algorithms imposing spatial configurations generated the most isotropic flows; however, they suffered from high mean flows and low turbulent kinetic energies. The algorithm identified as RANDOM (also referred to as the "sunbathing algorithm") generated the flow that, on an overall basis, most closely approximated zero-mean-flow homogeneous isotropic turbulence, with variations in horizontal and vertical homogeneities of RMS velocities of no more than ±6 %, deviations from isotropy (w
RMS/u
RMS) in the range of 0.62–0.77, and mean flows on the order of 7 % of the RMS velocities (determined by averaging their absolute values over the three velocity components and three downstream distances). A relatively high turbulent Reynolds number (Re
T = u
T
ℓ/ν = 2360, where ℓ is the integral length scale of the flow and u
T is a characteristic RMS velocity) was achieved using the RANDOM algorithm and the integral length scale (ℓ = 11.5 cm) is the largest reported to date. The quality of the turbulence in our large facility demonstrates the ability of RJAs to be scaled-up and to be the laboratory system most capable of generating the largest quasi-homogeneous isotropic turbulent regions with zero mean flow. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
The uncertainty quantification of particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements is still an open problem, and to date, no consensus exists about the best suited approach. When the spatial resolution is not appropriate, the largest uncertainties are usually caused by flow gradients. But also the amount of loss-of-pairs due to out-of-plane flow motion and insufficient light-sheet overlap causes strong uncertainties in real experiments. In this paper, we show how the amount of loss-of-pairs can be quantified using the volume of the correlation function normalized by the volume of the autocorrelation function. The findings are an important step toward a reliable uncertainty estimation of instantaneous planar velocity fields computed from PIV and stereo-PIV data. Another important consequence of the analysis is that the results allow for the optimization of PIV and stereo-PIV setups in view of minimizing the total error. In particular, it is shown that the best results (concerning the relative uncertainty) can be achieved if the out-of-plane loss-of-correlation is smaller than one (F
o
). The only exception is the case where the out-of-plane motion is exactly zero. The predictions are confirmed experimentally in the last part of the paper. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
We present an improvement to the standard synthetic schlieren technique to obtain the temperature distribution of a fluid inside of a Hele-Shaw cell. We aim to use the total variation
\(L^1\)
-norm optical flow method to treat experimental images and to obtain quantitative results of the development of thermal convection inside a cell, by detecting the gradients of the optical refractive index. We present a simple algorithm to set the optical flow parameters, which is based on the comparison between the optical flow output and the result obtained by digital PIV using the structural index metric. As an example of the application of the proposed method, we analyze laboratory experiments of thermal convection in porous media using a Hele-Shaw cell. We demonstrate that the application of the proposed method produces important improvements versus digital PIV, for the quantification of the gradients of the refractive index including the detection of small-scale convective structures. In comparison with correlation-based digital methods, we demonstrate the advantages of the proposed method, such as denoising and edge capture. These features allow us to obtain the temperature, for this experimental setting, with better image resolution than other techniques reported in the literature. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
Coughs and sneezes feature turbulent, multiphase flows that may contain pathogen-bearing droplets of mucosalivary fluid. As such, they can contribute to the spread of numerous infectious diseases, including influenza and SARS. The range of contamination of the droplets is largely determined by their size. However, major uncertainties on the drop size distributions persist. Here, we report direct observation of the physical mechanisms of droplet formation at the exit of the mouth during sneezing. Specifically, we use high-speed imaging to directly examine the fluid fragmentation at the exit of the mouths of healthy subjects. We reveal for the first time that the breakup of the fluid into droplets continues to occur outside of the respiratory tract during violent exhalations. We show that such breakup involves a complex cascade of events from sheets, to bag bursts, to ligaments, which finally break into droplets. Finally, we reveal that the viscoelasticity of the mucosalivary fluid plays an important role in delaying fragmentation by causing the merger of the droplet precursors that form along stretched filaments; thereby affecting the final drop size distribution farther downstream. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
In this paper, the problem of improving the quality of low-resolution passive scalar image sequences is addressed. This situation, known as “image super-resolution” in computer vision, aroused to our knowledge very few applications in the field of fluid visualization. Yet, in most image acquisition devices, the spatial resolution of the acquired data is limited by the sensor physical properties, while users often require higher-resolution images for further processing and analysis of the system of interest. The originality of the approach presented in this paper is to link the image super-resolution process together with the large eddy
simulation framework in order to derive a complete super-resolution technique. We first start by defining two categories of fine-scale components we aim to reconstruct. Then, using a deconvolution procedure as well as data assimilation tools, we show how to partially recover some of these missing components within the low-resolution images while ensuring the temporal consistency of the solution. This method is evaluated using both synthetic and real image data. Finally, we demonstrate how the produced high-resolution images can improve a posteriori analysis such as motion field estimation. PubDate: 2016-01-20

Abstract: Abstract
This paper proposes
a divergence-free smoothing (DFS) method for the post-process of volumetric particle image velocimetry (PIV) data, which can smooth out noise and divergence error at the same time. The method is a combination of the penalized least squares regression and the divergence corrective scheme (DCS), employing the generalized cross-validation method to automatically determine the best smoothing parameter. By introducing a weight-changing algorithm similar to the all-in-one method, a robust version of DFS can simultaneously deal with vector validation, replacement of outliers and missing vectors, smoothing, and zero-divergence correction of the velocity field. Direct numerical simulation data of turbulent channel flow (Johns Hopkins Turbulence Databases) added with artificial noise, outliers and missing vectors are used to test the accuracy of DFS. The results show that DFS can smooth the velocity field to divergence-free and performs better than the all-in-one method, DCS and some other available conventional processing methods for post-process of velocity field, especially in dealing with clustered outliers and missing vectors. A block DFS is suggested to process large velocity field to save both time and memory. Tests on tomographic PIV
data validate the effectiveness of DFS on improving both flow statistics and flow visualization. PubDate: 2016-01-14

Abstract: Abstract
Although unsteady and electrokinetic flows are widely used in microfluidics, there is unfortunately no velocimeter today that can measure the random velocity fluctuation at high temporal and spatial resolution simultaneously in microfluidics. Here we, for the first time, theoretically study the temporal resolution of laser induced fluorescence photobleaching anemometer (LIFPA) and experimentally verify that LIFPA can have simultaneously ultrahigh temporal
\(({\sim } 4\,\upmu \hbox {s})\)
and spatial
\(({\sim }203\,\hbox {nm})\)
resolution and can measure velocity fluctuation up to at least 2 kHz, whose corresponding wave number is about
\(6\times 10^6\,{/}\hbox {m}\)
in an electrokinetically forced unsteady flow in microfluidics. PubDate: 2015-12-26

Abstract: Abstract
As a part of complex works aiming at the evaluation of the pump’s dynamic transfer matrix, this paper presents an estimation method of the speed of sound in water and water/air flows using three pressure transducer measurements. The experimental study was carried out at the CREMHyG acoustic test rig, for a void ratio varying from 0 to 1 % and for amplitudes of speed of sound from 100 to 1400 m/s. To estimate the speed of sound in this large range of amplitude, a new post-treatment approach was developed, based on the least mean squares method. Experimental results obtained were compared with existing theoretical models, and a very good agreement was observed. The post-processing appeared fast, robust and accurate for all the mono- and diphasic flows analyzed. The results presented in this paper can be applied, for instance, in acoustic characterization of the hydraulic systems, mainly in the case of space rocket turbopump applications. PubDate: 2015-12-26

Abstract: Abstract
Global measurements of turbulent flows at wall–cylinder junctions are employed to quantify the effects of wall roughness on the behavior of the horseshoe vortex system (HVS). Two laboratory setups were considered: one with an impermeable smooth wall and a second characterized by a porous hydraulically rough bed. The measurements were obtained using planar particle image velocimetry. Time-averaged flow topology, turbulence statistics, and instantaneous fields associated with the streamwise and wall-normal velocity components are emphasized. Proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) is also applied on the velocity signals to probe into the characteristics of the energetic flow structures. For the Reynolds numbers studied here and the specific differences in the roughness geometry of the bed, a clear trend for the increase in flow incoherence due to the rough wall is documented. It is also demonstrated that, in the presence of roughness, vorticity and turbulence spread more evenly throughout the junction. On the other hand, qualitative and quantitative agreement between the smooth and rough bed tests is found in the structure of the downflow and the near-wall jet opposing the bulk flow. The efficiency of POD in analyzing turbulent junction flows is justified based on its results and metrics of modal energy distribution. POD verified in an objective way the role of integral components of the HVS dynamics such as the vortices comprising the system and their interplay with the wall. The decomposition furnishes new evidence about energetic structures that were not captured with the other data analysis methodologies. It also confirms the aperiodic behavior of the HVS for the investigated Reynolds numbers. PubDate: 2015-12-26

Abstract: Abstract
We present a new numerical method for reconstruction of instantaneous density volume from 3D background-oriented schlieren (3DBOS) measurements, with a validation on a dedicated flexible experimental BOS bench. In contrast to previous works, we use a direct formulation where density is estimated from measured deviation fields without the intermediate step of density gradient reconstruction. Regularization techniques are implemented to deal with the ill-posed problem encountered. The resulting high-dimensional optimization is conducted by conjugate gradient techniques. A parallel algorithm, implemented on graphics processing unit, helps to speed up the calculation. The resulting software is validated on synthetic BOS images of a 3D density field issued from a numerical simulation. Then, we describe a dedicated 3DBOS experimental facility which has been built to study various BOS settings and to assess the performance of the proposed numerical reconstruction process. Results on various datasets illustrate the potential of the method for flow characterization and measurement in real-world conditions. PubDate: 2015-12-26

Abstract: Abstract
Flow separation over a surface-mounted obstacle is prevalent in numerous applications. Previous studies of 3D separation around protuberances have been limited to steady flow. In biological and geophysical flows, pulsatile conditions are frequently encountered, yet this situation has not been extensively studied. Primarily motivated by our previous studies of the flow patterns observed in various human vocal fold pathologies such as polyps, our research aimed to fill this gap in the knowledge concerning unsteady 3D flow separation. This is achieved by characterizing velocity fields surrounding the obstacle, focused primarily on the vortical flow structures and dynamics that occur around a hemispheroid in pulsatile flow. As part of this study, two-dimensional, instantaneous and phase-averaged particle image velocimetry data in both steady and pulsatile flows are presented and compared. Coherent vortical flow structures have been identified by their swirling strength. This analysis revealed flow structures with dynamics dependent on the pulsatile forcing function. A mechanism to explain the formation and observed dynamics of these flow structures based on the self-induced velocity of vortex rings interacting with the unsteady flow is proposed. PubDate: 2015-12-26

Abstract: Abstract
Two tandem wings undergoing a two-dimensional sinusoidal plunging motion are studied in a low Reynolds number water tunnel. The influence of the phase angle and leading-edge vortex (LEV) on the peak value of the instantaneous thrust and lift is studied. The instantaneous lift and thrust are measured by a force sensor; the velocity and vorticity fields are captured by digital particle image velocimetry. For the forewing, noticeable differences at various phase angles are found in the peak value of the instantaneous lift and thrust rather than in their minimum value. The LEV of the hindwing increased the maximum effective angle of attack of the forewing and enhanced the jet-like flow behind the forewing, which accounts for the increase in peak value. For the hindwing, the phase angle determines the sign of the forewing-shed LEV when the hindwing encounters this LEV. If the forewing-shed LEV before the leading edge of the hindwing has the opposite sense of rotation as the LEV of the hindwing, the velocity of the flow on the windward side of the hindwing increases, resulting in high instantaneous thrust and lift. If the two LEVs have the same sense of rotation, the forewing-shed LEV hinders the growth of the hindwing LEV because of the small effective angle of attack, leading to low instantaneous thrust and lift. Non-circulatory forces on the wings are calculated according to a potential flow model. Results show that the non-circulatory force has important effects on the peak value and symmetry of the instantaneous lift and thrust curves. PubDate: 2015-12-24