Adjustment and evaluation of an LDA probe for accurate flow measurement

  • Yang C
  • Wu M
  • Chuang H
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An LDA probe with optimized measuring volume was obtained based on repeated adjustments of a preconfigured LDA system with a calibrated spinning disc. A retriggerable pulse-width-and-time-delay module was used to trigger and freeze favorable Doppler bursts. After a repeated beam-steering procedure and a fringe-pattern analysis, we found that the variation of fringe spacing throughout the measuring volume was reduced from 3% to 0.28%, such that the adjusted probe gave more accurate measurements. To verify this applicability in velocity calibration, the fringe spacing of the adjusted LDA measuring volume was treated as a velocity coefficient, and its mean and measurement uncertainty was experimentally estimated. Analysis shows that the expanded uncertainty of the coefficient was 0.10% at the 95% level of confidence for both the components of the LDA. The results demonstrated that the adjusted LDA system was qualified to perform accurate flow measurement. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Fringe spacing
  • LDA
  • Spinning disc
  • Uncertainty analysis

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