Multicolor particle shadow accelerometry

M. J. McPhail, M. H. Krane, A. A. Fontaine, L. Goss, J. Crafton

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This paper describes the extension of multicolor particle shadow velocimetry (CPSV) to the measurement of local acceleration in an Eulerian frame of reference. A validation experiment was conducted on a pendulous disk undergoing unsteady rigid body rotation. Angular velocity and acceleration profiles by CPSA are presented along with a comparison to recordings by an accelerometer mounted on the pendulum. CPSA is also demonstrated in a fully-developed turbulent pipe flow. Profiles of standard deviation of the local acceleration in the near wall region (0< y+<75) are compared to similar measurements by Christensen and Adrian. A favorable comparison is found between CPSA and particle image accelerometry (PIA). The effect of acceleration time delay, or the time between two velocity estimates, on local acceleration estimates is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045301
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics


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