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Interferometric measurements of a high-velocity mixing/shear layer
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Paper Abstract

An investigation has been undertaken which utilizes nonintrusive optical interferometric techniques to visualize the turbulent structure found in a high-velocity flow field and thereby characterize the resulting optical distortion. Experiments were conducted on a 7.68 mm by 7.68 mm cross section of a high velocity, dual gas, mixing/shear layer, and the preliminary results are presented. The experimental apparatus consisted of a dual beam Mach-Zehnder interferometer with a customized high-speed CCD camera data acquisition system. A series of time varying images of the gas flow were captured and digitized with the interferometer configured in both a finite and an infinite fringe mode. By correlating the initial tare run wavefront (gas off condition) to any subsequent distorted wavefront (gas on condition), the turbulent flow field structure and the relative phase shift across the test region was analyzed. Both classical and nonclassical approaches were taken in analyzing the interferometric data to obtain an understanding of the high velocity flow field. In addition, the experimental results were compared to theoretical predictions for RMS wavefront distortion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1486, Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Sources and Backgrounds, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45783
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce R. Peters, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
David A. Kalin, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1486:
Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Sources and Backgrounds
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement, Editor(s)

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