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High-speed flow visualization of fluid instabilities
Author(s): Paul Rightley; Robert F. Benjamin
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Paper Abstract

The fluid instability resulting from the impulsive acceleration a thin, heavy gas layer embedded in a lighter gas is characterized through high-speed flow visualization. The shock-accelerated event occurs over the course of 1 ms. A laser sheet illuminates a plane of the gas layer and its evolution is recorded by a camera observing high-angle scattered light. Two sets of diagnostics were evaluated. These derived their time resolution either from gating the camera or pulsing the illumination source. The arbitrary inter-exposure timing associated with the gated camera was found to be significantly advantageous over the fixed intervals of the pulsed laser. The intensified, gated camera also placed more manageable requirements on the light source and provided sufficient data to measure the instability growth rates. However, the pulsed laser arrangement produced superior spatial resolution and dynamic range primarily due to the lack of an intensifier.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2869, 22nd International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics, (28 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273425
Show Author Affiliations
Paul Rightley, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Robert F. Benjamin, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2869:
22nd International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics
Dennis L. Paisley; ALan M. Frank, Editor(s)

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