OPJ  Vol.3 No.3 , July 2013
Laminar-Turbulent Boundary Layer Transition Imaging Using IR Thermography
Abstract: Experimental techniques for imaging laminar-turbulent transition of boundary layers using IR thermography are presented for both flight and wind tunnel test environments. A brief overview of other transition detection techniques is discussed as motivation. A direct comparison is made between IR thermography and naphthalene flow visualization. A technique for obtaining quantitative transition location is presented.
Cite this paper: B. Crawford, G. Duncan Jr., D. West and W. Saric, "Laminar-Turbulent Boundary Layer Transition Imaging Using IR Thermography," Optics and Photonics Journal, Vol. 3 No. 3, 2013, pp. 233-239. doi: 10.4236/opj.2013.33038.

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