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Background-oriented schlieren for the study of large flow fields
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Paper Abstract

Modern digital recording and processing techniques combined with new lighting methods and relatively old schlieren visualization methods move flow visualization to a new level, enabling a wide range of new applications and a possible revolution in the visualization of very large flow fields. This paper traces the evolution of schlieren imaging from Robert Hooke, who, in 1665, employed candles and lenses, to modern digital background oriented schlieren (BOS) systems, wherein image processing by computer replaces pure optical image processing. New possibilities and potential applications that could benefit from such a capability are examined. Example applications include viewing the flow field around full sized aircraft, large equipment and vehicles, monitoring explosions on bomb ranges, cooling systems, large structures and even buildings. Objectives of studies include aerodynamics, aero optics, heat transfer, and aero thermal measurements. Relevant digital cameras, light sources, and implementation methods are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2015
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9576, Applied Advanced Optical Metrology Solutions, 95760E (1 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2189534
Show Author Affiliations
James D. Trolinger, MetroLaser, Inc. (United States)
Ben Buckner, Spectabit Optics, LLC (United States)
Drew L'Esperance, Spectabit Optics, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9576:
Applied Advanced Optical Metrology Solutions
Erik Novak; James D. Trolinger, Editor(s)

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