Flow Visualization

Study of a broad range of uid ow phenomena emphasizing the features and patterns char- acteristic of each. Introduction to visualization techniques used to reveal and capture details of these ows, leading to the application of these techniques to actual ows in the lab or in the eld. Essential photographic methodology for still images and movies, including lighting, exposure, depth of eld and digital image post-processing. Use of tracers, including dyes, vapor, bubbles and particles as well as optical tools, such as schlieren and/or shadowgraph. Natural and engineering ows will be examined, beginning with mathematical and physi- cal analysis of visualizable properties, including buoyancy, interfaces, vorticity, streamlines and pathlines, and concluding with an actual image or movie. Motivated by the immense scientic and engineering importance of ow visualization in vehicle design, dispersal of en- vironmental pollutants, biomedical ows and many others, ow images are an important form of technical communication and will be critiqued and improved, culminating in a nal project exhibition.

Prerequisites: ESC 340 and permission of instructor

Open to all students.

Credits: 3.00

Course Code: Ph 348

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