Particle image velocimetry measurements in complex geometries

L. M. Hopkins, J. T. Kelly, A. S. Wexler, A. K. Prasad

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One of the advantages of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) is its ability to determine the instantaneous flow field over two- or three-dimensional domains. Yet PIV has had limited application to complex flow passages because of the difficulty in replicating these geometries with optically transparent materials. In this work, we describe a method for overcoming this difficulty using rapid prototyping techniques. As an illustrative example, the technique has been used to characterize flow in a model of the human nasal cavity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-95
Number of pages5
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials


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