Optimization of particle image velocimeters: II. Multiple pulsed systems

R. D. Keane, R. J. Adrian

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

153 Scopus citations


For pt.I see ibid., vol.1, p.1202 (1990). The spatial resolution, detection rate and reliability of a particle image velocimeter depend critically upon careful selection of a number of parameters of the PIV system and the fluid motion. The set of six non-dimensional parameters that were most significant in optimizing double pulsed PIV performance is generalized for a multiple pulsed system and shown to be similarly significant. They are the data validation criterion, the particle image density, the relative in-plane image displacement, the relative out-of-plane displacement, the velocity gradient and the ratio of the mean image displacement to the interrogation spot diameter. It is shown that a single transformation can be applied to the method of interrogation by autocorrelation analysis to extend these results to interrogation by two dimensional Fourier transform analysis of the Young's fringes. Thus, the non-dimensional parameters are studied for the case of interrogation by autocorrelation analysis. It is shown that optimal parameters for a multiple pulsed system can be generalised from earlier results for a double pulsed system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013
Pages (from-to)963-974
Number of pages12
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics


Dive into the research topics of 'Optimization of particle image velocimeters: II. Multiple pulsed systems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this