Thermochromic liquid crystals (TLCs) have proven to be a valuable tool for the collection of full-field, high-resolution heat transfer data. This paper presents an extension of previously developed calibration techniques to a simplified transonic linear cascade for a highly cambered turbine blade geometry. This required the introduction of miniature periscopes to image the measurement surfaces. The procedures and equipment used to ensure high-accuracy wide-band TLC measurements are presented. These included a geometry-matched calibration device, mechanisms to accurately position the borescope imaging optics, an algorithm to automatically divide the imaging region into a large number of calibration subregions (termed as cells), and algorithms to correct for geometric and optical image distortions. The cell calibration approach is shown to halve calibration times and dramatically reduce memory requirements when compared to a pixel-by-pixel calibration. The results of an extensive validation study are presented.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 24, 2007
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