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A Velocity Estimate from Schlieren Flow Visualization

  1. Feb 23, 2017 #1

    I recently came across a blog on schlieren visualization (http://ottobelden.blogspot.in/2010/07/homemade-schlieren-photography-setup.html).

    I replicated it with the following: Convex lens (130 mm dia and 350 mm focal length), LED light source (5 mm white LED) and smartphone camera (Moto G4 Plus).

    Below is the flow visualization of a hair dryer:

    Can anyone suggest how to estimate the velocity of the air flow?

    Thank you
    Jagadeesh R
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  3. Feb 23, 2017 #2


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    With suspended particles and hi-speed camera?
  4. Feb 23, 2017 #3

    Thanks for the reply.

    I'll try to suspend aluminium foil or other light weight objects in front of the dryer. For calculations, should I be familiar with any equations?
  5. Feb 23, 2017 #4

    Andy Resnick

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    That's clever! Schlieren isn't really set up to measure velocities, it's more to measure variations in the index of refraction (often be due to temperature and/or pressure variations). To get velocity information, you could simply do a frame-to-frame comparison of the moving features and generate a velocity field from that- but there are a lot of technical issues I've skipped that you must address before claiming that you are actually measuring a velocity.
  6. Feb 24, 2017 #5


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    Schlieren velocimetry does exist, but usually for turbulent flows so that you can track the movement of small flow structures. Even then it's not very commonly used because particle image velocimetry is much more reliable.
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