Accurate velocity measurements of boundary-layer flows using Doppler optical coherence tomography

Sanna Haavisto, Juha Salmela, Antti Koponen

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    Pulsed ultrasound Doppler velocimetry and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging are popular non-invasive measurement methods for flows of opaque fluids. The spatial and temporal resolution of these methods, however, is quite limited, and they lack accuracy, especially close to solid boundaries. In this paper, we show that solution to these problems is achieved by using Doppler optical coherence tomography (DOCT). DOCT provides simultaneous information about the fluid structure and velocity with very high spatial and temporal resolution. For benchmarking of the method we use water as the reference fluid. We show how DOCT gives a very good agreement with theory for the velocity profile, skin friction and viscosity directly from the measurement signal. The velocity profile extends from the turbulent region to viscous sublayer, and viscosity of the fluid can be calculated also from a turbulent flow with a good accuracy. Overall, DOCT is seen to be very well suited for providing new insight into boundary-layer flows, rheology and skin friction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number96
    Number of pages6
    JournalExperiments in Fluids
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Velocity Profile
    • Optical Coherence Tomography
    • Wall Shear Stress
    • Skin Friction
    • Scanning Frequency


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