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Optical density measurements in a multiphase cryogenic fluid flow system
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Paper Abstract

An accurate determination of fluid flow in a cryogenic propulsion environment is difficult under the best of circumstances. The extreme thermal environment increases the mechanical constraints, and variable density conditions create havoc with traditional flow measurement schemes. Presented here are secondary results of cryogenic testing of an all-optical sensor capable of a mass flow measurement by directly interrogating the fluid's density state and a determination of the fluid's velocity. The sensor's measurement basis does not rely on any inherent assumptions as to the state of the fluid flow (density or otherwise). The fluid sensing interaction model will be discussed. Current test and evaluation data and future development work will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6222, Sensors for Propulsion Measurement Applications, 622208 (10 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665566
Show Author Affiliations
Valentin Korman, Madison Research Corp. (United States)
John Wiley, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Don A. Gregory, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6222:
Sensors for Propulsion Measurement Applications
Valentin Korman, Editor(s)

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