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The development of a three-dimensional imaging system and its application in fluid mechanics

McKay, S. and Scanlon, T.J. and Stickland, M.T. (2001) The development of a three-dimensional imaging system and its application in fluid mechanics. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 215 (12). pp. 1459-1463. ISSN 0954-4062

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Abstract

This paper details the application of a three-dimensional imaging system known as planar contour imaging (PCI) to the presentation of experimental fluid mechanics data. The experimental datasets consisted of pseudo three-dimensional particle image velocimetry (PIV) vector maps of the flowfield around an air bubble growing at the base of a water column. The vectors from the experimental datasets were projected into three-dimensional space and the ease of their interpretation was assessed. It was found that the selection of the correct type and amount of data presented to the viewer was critical. However, when the image was refined, the three-dimensional image was found to produce an impressive representation of the flowfield contained within the experimental dataset.