Measurements of the scalar dissipation rate are taken in an impulsively started gas jet, using planar laser-induced fluorescence. The measurements are well-resolved spatially. The deteriorating effect of experimental noise on this experiment is treated with a Wiener filter, which is shown to be applicable to this large-scale inhomogeneous flow. The accuracy of the scalar dissipation rate is within 20 %, as determined from an explicit calculation of the filtering errors. The residual fields that remain after the filtering are analysed in detail, and their statistical properties show that these resemble white noise to a good approximation. The level of corrections is minimal for the scalar field but it is of the order of 40 % for the scalar dissipation rate. An examination of the filtering operation using modelled spectra and the measured spatial resolution shows that the Wiener filter produces errors in the estimate of the scalar dissipation rate ∼30 %, for Taylor-scale Reynolds number up to 1,000. The implications of this modelling are discussed with respect to common experimental situations and point out the relative merits of improving the spatial resolution as compared to improvements in the signal-to-noise ratio.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 6, 2014
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