Two-dimensional mapping of falling water film thickness with near-infrared attenuation

Two-dimensional mapping of falling water film thickness with near-infrared attenuation We have developed an optical technique for the two-dimensional mapping of water film thickness. The technique is based on infrared light absorption. A near-infrared camera is used to capture the radiation returning from a surface illuminated by a halogen lamp. The attenuation of the back-scattered radiation is used as a measure for the thickness of the water film covering the surface. The method was calibrated using well-defined liquid films between a glass plate and the surface. Series of instantaneous, two-dimensional thickness profiles of wavy turbulent free-falling films along a vertical wall were measured at a frame rate of 200 Hz. The evolution of complex flow patterns with three-dimensional instabilities such as long waves and capillary waves was observed under isothermal conditions. For the validation of the method, simultaneous independent measurements were taken together with an electrical high-speed liquid film sensor. Experiments in Fluids Springer Journals

Two-dimensional mapping of falling water film thickness with near-infrared attenuation

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright © 2015 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Engineering; Engineering Fluid Dynamics; Fluid- and Aerodynamics; Engineering Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer
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