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In-flight flow visualisation using Particle Image Velocimetry

Politz, Christina and Lawson, Nicholas and Konrath, Robert and Agocs, Janos and Schröder, Andreas (2010) In-flight flow visualisation using Particle Image Velocimetry. 15th International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, 05. - 08.07.2010, Lisbon, Portugal.

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Applying advanced non-intrusive flow visualisation techniques to an in-flight environment is a challenging task which can provide invaluable data. The ability to capture complex flow structures under free atmospherical influences and in real flight conditions can potentially supply data for numerical technique validation and wind tunnel measurements. Within the scope of a European research project several optical methods have been implemented to different types of aircraft to test their feasibility during flight or ground based vortex investigations. This paper reports on the installation of a modified PIV setup inside a DLR research aircraft and the subsequent PIV flight tests. During the project several problems occurred. On the one hand, a number of certification procedures were required. PIV laser systems in general are hazardous in their operation and high safety standards have to be defined to tackle the severe risk of such a high energy light source. These provisions resulted in operational restrictions during the flights. The arrangement of this experimental procedure was specified and certified for a Dornier DO 228-101 aircraft by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) together with Cranfield University. Furthermore, finding feasible tracer particles (i.e. seeding) presents a significant challenge as the use of standard PIV seeding generators in-flight is not a practical option. Therefore, another approach has to be pursued and this research has shown the best way to provide viable seeding is by flying through natural aerosols – such as those in clouds.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/62014/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:In-flight flow visualisation using Particle Image Velocimetry
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Lawson, NicholasCranfield University, GBUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-10
Series Name:Conference Proceedings on USB-Stick
Keywords:Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Flight Test, Cloud Particles
Event Title:15th International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics
Event Location:Lisbon, Portugal
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:05. - 08.07.2010
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Aircraft Research (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Flight Physics (old)
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Experimental Methods
Deposited By: Micknaus, Ilka
Deposited On:23 Jul 2010 11:14
Last Modified:01 Nov 2010 08:52

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