Stereoscopic particle shadow velocimetry

Jeff R. Harris, Michael Jesse McPhail, Christine Truong, Arnold Anthony Fontaine

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (SPIV) is a variant of particle image velocimetry (PIV) that allows for the measurement of three components of velocity along a plane in a flow field. In PIV, particles in the flow field are tracked by reflecting laser light from tracer particles into two angled cameras, allowing for the velocity field to be determined. Particle shadow velocimetry (PSV) is an inherently less expensive velocity measurement method since the method images shadows cast by particles from an LED backlight instead of scattered light from a laser. Previous studies have shown that PSV is an adequate substitute for PIV for many two-dimensional, two-component velocimetry measurements. In this work, the viability of the two-dimensional, threecomponent stereoscopic particle shadow velocimetry (SPSV) is demonstrated by using SPSV to examine a simple jet flow. Results obtained using SPIV are also used to provide benchmark comparison for SPSV measurements. Results show that in-plane and out-of-plane velocities measured using SPSV are comparable to those measured using SPIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFluids Engineering
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791852101
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2018 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2018Nov 15 2018

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)


OtherASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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