Unsteady Boundary Layer Transition Detection with Local Infrared Thermography

Christoph Mertens, C. Christian Wolf, Anthony D. Gardner

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A new approach to measuring unsteady boundary layer transition in periodic processes with infrared thermography is introduced. The radiation from the heated suction surface of a pitching airfoil model is measured with an infrared camera. The extraction of the extrema of the measured radiation signal at fixed model locations yields instants of the motion phase that correlate with the occurrence of boundary layer transition. The analysis of the extrema of the signal’s gradient produces results that are equivalent to the results acquired by optimized differential infrared thermography, and it provides insight into the origins of the systematic error of that technique. It is demonstrated that the local infrared thermography approach can be readily extended to measuring two-dimensional boundary layer transition fronts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNotes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design
EditorsAndreas Dillmann, Gerd Heller, Ewald Krämer, Claus Wagner, Cameron Tropea, Suad Jakirlić
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-25253-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-25252-6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event21st STAB/DGLR
- Darmstadt, Germany
Duration: 6 Nov 20187 Nov 2018
Conference number: 21

Publication series

NameNotes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design
ISSN (Print)1612-2909
ISSN (Electronic)1860-0824


Conference21st STAB/DGLR


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