Molecular filter based planar Doppler velocimetry

Gregory S. Elliott, Thomas J. Beutner

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Molecular filter based diagnostics are continuing to gain popularity as a research tool for investigations in areas of aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, and combustion. This class of diagnostics has gone by many terms including Filtered Rayleigh Scattering, Doppler Global Velocimetry, and Planar Doppler Velocimetry. The majority of this article reviews recent advances in Planar Doppler Velocimetry in measuring up to three velocity components over a planar region in a flowfield. The history of the development of these techniques is given with a description of typical systems, components, and levels of uncertainty in the measurement. Current trends indicate that uncertainties on the order of 1 m/s are possible with these techniques. A comprehensive review is also given on the application of Planar Doppler Velocimetry to laboratory flows, supersonic flows, and large scale subsonic wind tunnels. The article concludes with a description of future trends, which may simplify the technique, followed by a description of techniques which allow multi-property measurements (i.e. velocity, density, temperature, and pressure) simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-845
Number of pages47
JournalProgress in Aerospace Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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