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High-speed crossed-beam correlation with a Mach 1.5 turbulent flowfield
Author(s): James A. Gordon; Carl V. Smith; Jay A. Hammer; Rodney L. Clark
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Paper Abstract

A high-frequency crossed-beam correlation (CBC) experiment was performed to determine the mean-squared fluctuating density, convection speed, and characteristic turbulent coherence length of a supersonic turbulent mixing layer. Aero-optical conditions were representative of actual flight. Orthogonal helium-neon laser beams intersected to interrogate a 100 micrometer -- diameter volume. Beam motion was sensed by two quadrant detectors, whose output signals were recorded after being digitally sampled at a 5 MHz rate. Cross-correlation of angular beam deviations was computed, and from this, the mean squared fluctuating density was determined. By offsetting the beams in the streamwise direction, convection speeds were determined, enabling turbulent cell sizes to be estimated. RMS densities reached approximately 15% of the local mean density in the mixing layer, and correlation length estimates ranged from 1.5 to 2 mm. Fluctuating densities were lower, and correlation lengths were higher than predicted by a simple model. This paper summarizes experimental design and procedures, and provides a theoretical treatment of the results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 1996
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2828, Image Propagation through the Atmosphere, (14 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254176
Show Author Affiliations
James A. Gordon, Automated Sciences Group, Inc. (United States)
Carl V. Smith, Automated Sciences Group, Inc. (United States)
Jay A. Hammer, SY Technology, Inc. (United States)
Rodney L. Clark, SY Technology, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2828:
Image Propagation through the Atmosphere
Christopher Dainty; Luc R. Bissonnette, Editor(s)

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