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# AAE 520 Experimental Aerodynamics

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Hot-Wire Anemometry
Purpose:
to measure mean and fluctuating velocities in
fluid flows
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Consider a thin wire mounted to supports and exposed to a
velocity U.
When a current is passed through wire, heat is generated (I
2
R
w
).
In equilibrium, this must be balanced by heat loss (primarily
convective) to the surroundings.
Principles of operation
If velocity changes,
convective heat
transfer coefficient
will change, wire
temperature will
change and
eventually reach a
new equilibrium.
Velocity U
Current I
Sensor (thin wire)
Sensor dimensions:
length ~1 mm
diameter ~5 micrometer
Wire supports
(St.St. needles)
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Governing equation I
Governing Equation:
E = thermal energy stored in wire
E = CwTs
Cw = heat capacity of wire
W = power generated by Joule heating
W = I
2
Rw
recall Rw = Rw(Tw)
H = heat transferred to surroundings
dE
dt
W H !
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Governing equation II
Heat transferred to surroundings
( convection to fluid
+ conduction to supports
Convection Qc = Nu A (Tw -Ta)
Nu = h d/kf = f (Re, Pr, M, Gr, ),
Re = p U/
Conduction f(T
w
, l
w
, k
w
, T
supports
)
w
4
- T
f
4
)
H !

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Simplified static analysis I
For equilibrium conditions the heat storage is zero:
and the Joule heating W equals the convective heat transfer H
Assumptions
- Conduction to wire supports small
- Tw uniform over length of sensor
- Velocity impinges normally on wire, and is uniform over its entire
length, and also small compared to sonic speed.
- Fluid temperature and density constant
dE
dt
O W H ! @ !
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Simplified static analysis II
Static heat transfer:
W = H I
2
Rw = hA(Tw -Ta) I
2
Rw = Nukf/dA(Tw -Ta)
h = film coefficient of heat transfer
A = heat transfer area
d = wire diameter
kf = heat conductivity of fluid
Nu = dimensionless heat transfer coefficient
Forced convection regime, i.e. Re >Gr
1/3
(0.02 in air) and Re<140
Nu = A
1
+ B
1
Re
n
= A
2
+ B
2
U
n
I
2
Rw
2
= E
2
= (Tw -Ta)(A + B U
n
) Kings law
The voltage drop is used as a measure of velocity.

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Hot-wire static transfer function
Velocity sensitivity (Kings law coeff. A = 1.51, B = 0.811, n = 0.43)
2
3
4
5
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
U m/s
d
U
/
d
E
/
U

v
o
l
t
s
^
-
1
1,6
1,8
2
2,2
2,4
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
U m/s
E

v
o
l
t
s
Output voltage as fct. of velocity Voltage derivative as fct. of velocity
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Directional response I
Velocity vector U is decomposed into normal Ux, tangential
Uy and binormal Uz components.
Probe coordinate system
U
Uz
Ux
Uy
x
y
z U

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Directional response II
Finite wire (l/d~200) response includes yaw and pitch sensitivity:
U
2
eff(a) = U
2
(cos
2
a + k
2
sin
2
a) U = 0
U
2
eff(U ) = U
2
(cos
2
U +h
2
sin
2
U ) = 0
where:
k , h = yaw and pitch factors
, U = angle between wire normal/wire-prong plane,
respectively, and velocity vector
General response in 3D flows:
U
2
eff = Ux
2
+ k
2
Uy
2
+ h
2
Uz
2
Ueff is the effective cooling velocity sensed by the wire and
deducted from the calibration expression, while U is the velocity
component normal to the wire
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Directional response III
Typical directional response for hot-wire probe
(From DISA 1971)
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Directional response IV
Yaw and pitch factors k1 and k2 (or k and h) depend on
velocity and flow angle
(From Joergensen 1971)
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Probe types I
Miniature Wire Probes
Platinum-plated tungsten,
5 m diameter, 1.2 mm length
Gold-Plated Probes
3 mm total wire length,
1.25 mm active sensor
copper ends, gold-plated
- accurately defined sensing length
- reduced heat dissipation by the prongs
- more uniform temperature distribution
along wire
- less probe interference to the flow field
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Probe types II
For optimal frequency response, the probe should have as small a
thermal inertia as possible.
Important considerations:
Wire length should be as short as possible (spatial resolution;
want probe length << eddy size)
Aspect ratio (l/d) should be high (to minimise effects of end losses)
Wire should resist oxidation until high temperatures (want to
operate wire at high T to get good sensitivity, high signal to noise
ratio)
Temperature coefficient of resistance should be high (for high
sensitivity, signal to noise ratio and frequency response)
Wires of less than 5 m diameter cannot be drawn with reliable
diameters
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Probe types III
Film Probes
Thin metal film (nickel) deposited on quartz
body. Thin quartz layer protects metal film
against corrosion, wear, physical damage,
electrical action
Fiber-Film Probes
Hybrid - film deposited on a thin
wire-like quartz rod (fiber) split fiber-film
probes.
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Probe types IV
X-probes for 2D flows
2 sensors perpendicular to each other.
Measures within 45
o
.
Split-fiber probes for 2D flows
2 film sensors opposite each other on a quartz
cylinder. Measures within 90
o
.
Tri-axial probes for 3D flows
3 sensors in an orthogonal system. Measures
within 70
o
cone.
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Hints to select the right probe
Use wire probes whenever possible
relatively inexpensive
better frequency response
can be repaired
Use film probes for rough environments
more rugged
worse frequency response
cannot be repaired
electrically insulated
protected against mechanical and
chemical action
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Modes of anemometer operation
Constant Current (CCA)
Constant Temperature (CTA)
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Constant current anemometer CCA
Principle:
Current through
sensor is kept
constant
- High frequency
response
- Difficult to use
- Output decreases with velocity
- Risk of probe burnout
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Constant Temperature Anemometer CTA I
Principle:
Sensor resistance
is kept constant by
servo amplifier
- Easy to use
- High frequency
response
- Low noise
- Accepted standard
- More complex circuit
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Constant temperature anemometer CTA II
3-channel StreamLine with
Tri-axial wire probe 55P91
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Modes of operation, CTA I
Wire resistance can be
written as:
Rw = Ro(1+ o11o))
Rw = wire hot resistance
Ro = wire resistance at To
o = temp.coeff. of resistance
Tw = wire temperature
To = reference temperature
Define: OVERHEAT RATIO as:
a = (Rw-Ro)/Ro = o110)
Set DECADE overheat resistor as: RD = (1+a)Rw
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Modes of operation, CTA II
The voltage across wire is given by:
E
2
= I
2
Rw
2
= Rw(Rw - Ra)(A
1
+ B
1
U
n
)
or as Rw is kept constant by the servoloop:
E
2
= A + BU
n
to CTA and to CCA:
- Response is non-linear:
- CCA output decreases
- CTA output increases
- Sensitivity decreases
with increasing U
1,6
1,8
2
2,2
2,4
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
U m/s
E

v
o
l
t
s
CTA output as fct. of U
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Dynamic response, CCA I
Hot-wire Probes:
For analysis of wire dynamic response, governing equation includes
the term due to thermal energy storage within the wire:
W = H + dE/dt
The equation then becomes a differential equation:
I
2
Rw = (Rw-Ra)(A+BU
n
) + Cw(dTw/dt)
or expressing Tw in terms of Rw:
I
2
Rw = (Rw-Ra)(A+BU
n
) + Cw/ oPooP/ot)
Cw = heat capacity of the wire
o = temperature coeff. of resistance of the wire
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Dynamic response, CCA II
Hot-wire Probes:
The first-order differential equation is characterised by a single time
constant t :
t = Cw/(oPoA+BY
n
)
The normalised transfer function can be expressed as:
Hwire(f) = 1/(1+jf/f
cp
)
Where f
cp
is the frequency at which the amplitude damping is 3dB
(50% amplitude reduction) and the phase lag is 45
o
.
Frequency limit can be calculated from the time constant:
f
cp
= 1/2Tt
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Dynamic response, CCA III
Hot-wire Probes:
Frequency response of film-probes is mainly determined by the
thermal properties of the backing material (substrate).
The time constant for film-probes becomes:
t = (R/R0)
2
F
2
p
s
C
s
k
s
/(A+BU
n
)
2
p
s
= substrate density
C
s
= substrate heat capacity
k
s
= substrate heat conductivity
and the normalised transfer function becomes:
H
film
(f) = 1/(1+(jf/f
cp
)
0.5
)
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Dynamic response, CCA IV
Dynamic characteristic may be described by the response to
- Step change in velocity or
- Sinusoidal velocity variation
Amplitude response and phase lag
Upper frequency limit f = T t
Frequency
6 dB/octave
3

d
B
3
0

Velocity
Resistance
Time
Time
t
U
2
R
1
U
1
R
2
0.63 (R
1
-R )
2
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Dynamic response, CCA V
The hot-wire response characteristic is specified by:
For a 5 m wire probe in CCA mode t ~ 0.005s, typically.
(Frequency response can be improved by compensation circuit)
(From P.E. Nielsen
and C.G. Rasmussen,
1966)
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Dynamic response, CTA I
CTA keeps the wire at constant
temperature, hence the effect of
thermal inertia is greatly reduced:
Time constant is reduced to
t
CTA
= t
CCA
/(2aSRw)
where
a = overheat ratio
S = amplifier gain
Rw = wire hot resistance
Frequency limit:
fc defined as -3dB amplitude
damping
(From Blackwelder 1981)
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Dynamic response, CTA II
Typical frequency response of 5 mm wire probe (Amplitude
damping and Phase lag):
Phase lag is reduced by frequency dependent gain (-1.2 dB/octave)
(From Dantec MT)
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Velocity calibration (Static cal.)
Despite extensive work, no
universal expression to describe
heat transfer from hot wires and
films exist.
For all actual measurements,
direct calibration of the
anemometer is necessary.
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Velocity calibration (Static cal.) II
Calibration in gases (example low turbulent free jet):
Velocity is determined from
isentropic expansion:
P
o
/P = (1+(K )/2M
2
)
K /K )
a
0
= (K P1
0
)
0.5
a = a
o
/(1+(K )/2M
2
)
0.5
U = Ma
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Velocity calibration (Static cal.) III
Film probes in water
- Using a free jet of liquid
issuing from the bottom of
a container
- Towing the probe at a
known velocity in still
liquid
- Using a submerged jet
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Typical calibration curve
Wire probe calibration with curve fit errors
Curve fit (velocity U as function of output voltage E):
U = C
0
+ C
1
E + C
2
E
2
+ C
3
E
3
+ C
4
E
4
(Obtained with Dantec 90H01/02)Calibrator)
4.076
1.731
11.12 18.17
U velocity
25.22 32.27 39.32
1.853
1.975
2.096
2.218
2.340
E1 (v)
E1 v.U
4.076
-0.500
11.12 18.17
U velocity
25.22 32.27 39.32
-0.300
-0.100
0.100
0.300
0.500
Error (%)
Error (%)
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Dynamic calibration/tuning I
Direct method
Need a flow in which sinusoidal velocity variations of known
amplitude are superimposed on a constant mean velocity
- Microwave simulation of turbulence (<500 Hz)
- Sound field simulation of turbulence (>500 Hz)
- Vibrating the probe in a laminar flow (<1000Hz)
All methods are difficult and are restricted to low frequencies.
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Dynamic calibration/tuning II
Indirect method, SINUS TEST
Subject the sensor to an electric sine wave which simulates an
instantaneous change in velocity and analyse the amplitude
response.
10
3
10
2
10
2
10
3
10
4
10
5
10
6
10
10 1
Frequency (Hz)
-3 dB
A
m
p
l
i
t
u
d
e

(
m
V

r
m
s
)
1
10
3
10
2
10
2
10
3
10
4
10
5
10
6
10
10
Frequency (Hz)
-3 dB
A
m
p
l
i
t
u
d
e

(
m
V

r
m
s
)
1
Typical Wire probe response Typical Fiber probe response
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Dynamic calibration/tuning III
Indirect method
SQUARE WAVE TEST
Subject the sensor to an
electric sine wave which
simulates an instantaneous
change in velocity and
analyse the shape of the
anemometer output
(From Bruun 1995)
h
0.97 h
0.15 h
t
f
c
=
1.3 t
w
t
w
1
For a wire probe (1-order probe response):
Frequency limit (- 3dB damping): f
c
= 1/1.3 t
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Dynamic calibration
Conclusion:
Indirect methods are the only ones applicable in practice.
Sinus test necessary for determination of frequency limit for fiber
and film probes.
Square wave test determines frequency limits for wire probes.
Time taken by the anemometer to rebalance itself is used as a
measure of its frequency response.
Square wave test is primarily used for checking dynamic stability
of CTA at high velocities.
Indirect methods cannot simulate effect of thermal boundary
layers around sensor (which reduces the frequency response).
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Disturbing effects (problem sources)
Anemometer system makes use of heat transfer from the probe
Qc = Nu A (Tw -Ta)
Nu = h d/kf = f (Re, Pr, M, Gr, ),
Anything which changes this heat transfer (other than the flow
variable being measured) is a PROBLEM SOURCE!
Unsystematic effects (contamination, air bubbles in water,
probe vibrations, etc.)
Systematic effects (ambient temperature changes, solid wall
proximity, eddy shedding from cylindrical sensors etc.)
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Problem sources
Probe contamination I
Most common sources:
- dust particles
- dirt
- oil vapours
- chemicals
Effects:
- Change flow sensitivity of sensor
(DC drift of calibration curve)
- Reduce frequency response
Cure:
- Clean the sensor
- Recalibrate
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Problem Sources
Probe contamination II
Drift due to particle
contamination in air
5 m Wire, 70 m Fiber and
-20
-10
0
10
20
0 10 20 30 40 50
U (m/s)
(
U
m
-
U
a
c
t
)
/
U
a
c
t
*
1
0
0
%
wire
f iber
(From Jorgensen, 1977)
Wire and fiber exposed to unfiltered air at 40 m/s in 40 hours
Steel Clad probe exposed to outdoor conditions 3 months during
winter conditions
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Problem Sources
Probe contamination IV
Low Velocity
- slight effect of dirt on heat transfer
- heat transfer may even increase!
- effect of increased surface vs. insulating effect
High Velocity
- more contact with particles
- bigger problem in laminar flow
- turbulent flow has cleaning effect
Influence of dirt INCREASES as wire diameter DECREASES
Deposition of chemicals INCREASES as wire temperature
INCREASES
* FILTER THE FLOW, CLEAN SENSOR AND RECALIBRATE!
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Problem Sources
Probe contamination III
Drift due to particle contamination in water
Output voltage decreases with increasing dirt deposit
0,1
1
10
0,001 0,01 0,1 1
Dirt thicknes versus sensor
diameter, e/D
%

v
o
l
t
a
g
e

r
e
d
u
c
t
i
o
n
theory
f iber
wedge
(From Morrow and Kline 1971)
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Problem Sources
Bubbles in Liquids I
Drift due to bubbles in water
In liquids, dissolved gases form bubbles on sensor, resulting in:
- reduced heat transfer
- downward calibration drift
(From C.G.Rasmussen 1967)
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Problem Sources
Bubbles in Liquids II
Effect of bubbling on
portion of typical
calibration curve
Bubble size depends on
- surface tension
- overheat ratio
- velocity
Precautions
- Use low overheat!
- Let liquid stand before use!
- Dont allow liquid to cascade in air!
- Clean sensor!
(From C.G.Rasmussen 1967)
155
e
175 195 cm/sec
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Problem Sources (solved)
Stability in Liquid Measurements
Fiber probe operated stable in water
- De-ionised water (reduces algae growth)
- Filtration (better than 2 m)
- Keeping water temperature constant (within 0.1
o
C)
(From Bruun 1996)
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Problem sources
Eddy shedding I
Eddy shedding from cylindrical sensors
Occurs at Re ~50
Select small sensor diameters/ Low pass filter the signal
(
F
r
o
m

E
c
k
e
l
m
a
n
n

1
9
7
5
)
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Problem Sources
Eddy shedding II
Vibrations from prongs and probe supports:
- Probe prongs may vibrate due to eddy shedding from them or
due induced vibrations from the surroundings via the probe
support.
- Prongs have natural frequencies from 8 to 20 kHz
Always use stiff and rigid probe mounts.
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Problem Sources
Temperature Variations I
Fluctuating fluid temperature
Heat transfer from the probe is proportional to the temperature
difference between fluid and sensor.
E
2
= (Tw-Ta)(A + BU
n
)
As Ta varies:
- heat transfer changes
- fluid properties change
Air measurements:
- limited effect at high overheat ratio
- changes in fluid properties are small
Liquid measurements effected more, because of:
- lower overheats
- stronger effects of T change on fluid properties
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Problem Sources
Temperature Variations II
Anemometer output depends on both velocity and
temperature
When ambient temperature increases the velocity is measured too
low, if not corrected for.
Hot-wire calibrations at diff. temperatures
1,5
1,6
1,7
1,8
1,9
2,0
2,1
2,2
2,3
2,4
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
T=20
T=25
T=30
T=35
T=40
Relative velocity error for 1C temp. increase
-2,7
-2,5
-2,3
-2,1
-1,9
-1,7
-1,5
0 10 20 30 40
Tdif f =10 C
(
F
r
o
m

J
o
e
r
g
e
n
s
e
n

a
n
d

M
o
r
o
t
1
9
9
8
)
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Problem Sources
Temperature Variations III
Film probe calibrated at different temperatures
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Problem Sources
Temperature Variations IV
To deal with temperature variations:
- Keep the wire temperature fixed (no overheat adjustment),
measure the temperature along and correct anemometer voltage
prior to conversion
- Keep the overheat constant either manually, or automatically
using a second compensating sensor.
- Calibrate over the range of expected temperature and monitor
simultaneously velocity and temperature fluctuations.
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Measurements in 2D Flows I
X-ARRAY PROBES (measures within 45
o
with respect to probe axis):
Velocity decomposition into the (U,V) probe coordinate system
where U
1
and U
2
in wire coordinate system are found by solving:
U = U1cos

1
+ U2cos

2
V = U1sin

1
- U2sin

2
U
cal1
2
(1+k
1
2
)(cos(90 -

1
))
2
= k
1
2
U1
2

+ U2
2
U
cal2
2
(1+k
2
2
)(cos(90 -

2
))
2
= U1
2

+ k
2
2
U2
2
U = U1cos

1
+ U2cos

2
V = U1sin

1
- U2sin

2
U
cal1
2
(1+k
1
2
)(cos(90 -

1
))
2
= k
1
2
U1
2

+ U2
2
U
cal2
2
(1+k
2
2
)(cos(90 -

2
))
2
= U1
2

+ k
2
2
U2
2
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Measurements in 2D Flows II
Directional calibration provides yaw coefficients k
1
and k
2
(Obtained with Dantec 55P51 X-probe and 55H01/H02 Calibrator)
-40.00
34.68
29.14
23.59
18.04
12.49
6.945
-24.00 -8.000 8.000
Angle (deg)
Uc1,Uc2 vs. Angle
Uc1,Uc2
24.00 40.00 -40.00
3.000
0.600
0.200
-0.200
-0.600
-1.000
-24.00 -8.000 8.000
Angle (deg)
K1,K2 vs. Angle
K1,K2
24.00 40.00
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Measurements in 3D Flows I
TRIAXIAL PROBES (measures within 70
o
cone around probe axis):
Probe stem
45
55
35
3
1
z
x
35
2
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Measurements in 3D Flows II
Velocity decomposition into the (U,V,W) probe coordinate system
where U
1 ,
U
2
and U
3
in wire coordinate system are found by solving:
left hand sides are effective cooling velocities. Yaw and pitch
coefficients are determined by directional calibration.
U = U
1
cos54.74
r
+ U
2
cos54.
r
74
r
+ U
3
cos54.74
r
V = -U
1
cos45
r
- U
2
cos135
r
+ U
3
cos90
r
W = -U
1
cos114.09
r
- U
2
cos114.09
r
- U
3
cos35.26
r
U
1cal
2
(1+k
1
2
+h
1
2
) cos
2
35.264
r
= k
1
2
U
1
2
+ U
2
2
+ h
1
2
U
3
2
U
2cal
2
(1+k
2
2
+h
2
2
)cos
2
35.264
r
= h
2
2
U
1
2
+ k
2
2
U
2
2
+ U
3
2
U
3cal
2
(1+k
3
2
+h
3
2
)cos
2
35.264
r
= U
1
2
+ h
3
2
U
2

2
+ k
3
2
U
3
2
AAE 520 Experimental Aerodynamics
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Measurements in 3D Flows III
U, V and W measured by Triaxial probe, when rotated around
its axis. Inclination between flow and probe axis is 20
o
.
-2
-1
0
1
2
3
4
5
0 30 60 90 120 150 180 210 240 270 300 330 360
Roll angle.
V
e
l
o
c
i
t
y

c
o
m
p
o
n
e
n
t
,

m
/
s
Umeas
Vmeas
Wmeas
Res,meas
Uact
Vact
Wact
Res,act
-0,15
-0,10
-0,05
0,00
0,05
0,10
0,15
0 60 120 180 240 300 360
Roll angle
M
e
a
s
.

-

A
c
t
.

v
e
l
.
,

m
/
s
Up-Uact
Vp-Vact
Wp-Wact
(Obtained with Dantec Tri-axial probe 55P91 and 55H01/02 Calibrator)
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Purdue University - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Measurement at Varying Temperature
Temperature Correction I
E
corr
= ((T
w
- T
ref
)/(T
w
- T
acq
))
0.5(1m)
E
acq.
Recommended temperature correction:
Keep sensor temperature constant, measure temperature and
correct voltages or calibration constants.
I) Output Voltage is corrected before conversion into velocity
- This gives under-compensation of approx. 0.4%/C in velocity.
Improved correction:
Selecting proper m (m= 0.2 typically for wire probe at a = 0.8) improves
compensation to better than 0.05%/C.
E
corr
= ((T
w
- T
ref
)/(T
w
- T
acq
))
0.5
E
acq.
AAE 520 Experimental Aerodynamics
Purdue University - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Measurement at Varying Temperature
Temperature Correction II
Temperature correction in liquids may require correction
of power law constants A and B:
In this case the voltage is not corrected
A
corr
= (((T
w
-T
o
)/(T
w
-T
acq
))
(1m)
(k
f0
/k
f1
)(Pr
f0
/Pr
f1
)
0.2
A
0
B
corr
= ((T
w
-T
o
)/(T
w
-T
acq
))
(1m)

(k
f0
/k
f1
)(Pr
f0
/Pr
f1
)
0.33
(

f1
/

f0
)n(
p
f0
/
p
f1
)
n
B
0
AAE 520 Experimental Aerodynamics
Purdue University - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Data acquisition I
Data acquisition, conversion and reduction:
Requires digital processing based on
- Selection of proper A/D board
- Signal conditioning
- Proper sampling rate and number of samples
AAE 520 Experimental Aerodynamics
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Data acquisition II
Resolution:
- Min. 12 bit (~1-2 mV depending on range)
Sampling rate:
- Min. 100 kHz (allows 3D probes to be sampled with approx. 30 kHz
per sensor)
Simultaneous sampling:
- Recommended (if not sampled simultaneously there will be phase
lag between sensors of 2- and 3D probes)
External triggering:
Recommended (allows sampling to be started by external event)
A/D boards convert analogue signals into digital information (numbers)
They have following main characteristics:
AAE 520 Experimental Aerodynamics
Purdue University - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Data acquisition III
Signal Conditioning of anemometer output
Increases the AC part of the anemometer output and improves
resolution:
E
G
(t) = G(E(t) - E
off
)
Allows filtering of anemometer
- Low pass filtering is recommended
- High pass filtering may cause phase distortion of the signal
(From Bruun 1995)
Anemometer
E(1)
E(t)-E
off
G(E(t)-E
off
)
t
t
t
E
G
Offset Amplifier
AAE 520 Experimental Aerodynamics
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Data acquisition IV
Sample rate and number of samples
Time domain statistics (spectra) require sampling 2 times the
highest frequency in the flow
Amplitude domain statistics (moments) require uncorrelated
samples. Sampling interval min. 2 times integral time scale.
Number of samples shall be sufficient to provide stable
statistics (often several thousand samples are required)
Proper choice requires some knowledge about the flow
aforehand
It is recommended to try to make autocorrelation and power
spectra at first as basis for the choice
AAE 520 Experimental Aerodynamics
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CTA Anemometry
Steps needed to get good measurements:
Get an idea of the flow (velocity range, dimensions, frequency)
Select right probe and anemometer configuration
Select proper A/D board
Perform set-up (hardware set-up, velocity calibration, directional
calibration)
Make a first rough verification of the assumptions about the flow
Define experiment (traverse, sampling frequency and number of
samples)
Perform the experiment
Reduce the data (moments, spectra, correlations)
Evaluate results
Recalibrate to make sure that the anemometer/probe has not drifted