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When it is important to measure a flow field with PIV close to walls e.g.

some blades of a turbine - it is nearly impossible to avoid bright


reflections of the light sheet in the area of interest. The intensities of
these reflections are much higher than the typical particle signal. In
order to avoid saturation of the CCD the intensity of the reflections
determines the maximum laser energy that can be used for the
recording. To obtain sufficient particle signal it is essential to
minimize the intensity of these reflections.

Fluorescent
Paint

Often it is sufficient to color parts of the experiment in the field of


view with ordinary dull black paint. Since this is not always satisfying
LaVision recommends to use Fluorescent Paint. This paint turns
some amount of the green laser light into red fluorescent light. The
efficiency is typically about 30%. During the PIV recording the green
bandpass filter - delivered with the LaVision FlowMaster system
blocks the red fluorescent light and so less light from the reflection is
imaged to the CCD.

To reduce laser light


reflections in PIV
recordings

Applications : PIV measurements


 in IC engines
 in turbines
 close to boundary layers
Plate with ordinary black
anodization and Fluorescent
Paint on white paint.
Laser light sheet imaged with
CCD camera and green
bandpass filter.
Intensity in a horizontal cut
through the light sheet and a
definite reduction by the
Fluorescent paint.

Formula :
 solve 3g Rhodamine6G C28H31N2O3Cl (alternatively RhodamineB) in
10 ml ethanol
 add 500ml transparent acrylic paint (water soluble!) to achieve
optimum fluorescence

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