Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), also known as Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA), is an optical technique used to measure the velocity of fluid flows. It was invented in the 1960’s, following the development of the first continuous He-Ne laser source at Bell Laboratories in 1962. It was first applied to water flows by Yeh and Cummins (1964) at the Columbia Radiation Laboratory, and later applied to gas flows by Foreman, George and Lewis (1965) at the research laboratories of Brown Engineering Company (later Teledyne Brown Engineering).
Its working principle is based on the Doppler effect of the scattered light coming from micron-size tracer particles moving with the fluid. Two light beams are needed for each velocity component to be measured. At the location where the beams cross (known as the measurement volume) they generate a fringe pattern from which “flashes” of light from the tracer particles are reflected and measured. The geometry of the fringes (Δs) is accurately known a priori based on the optical configuration of the system, and the intensity signal of the scattered light provides a measurement of time between fringes (Δt), from which the velocity can be computed: V = Δs / Δt.
The main advantage of optical measurement systems resides in the fact that measurements can be made from the outside of the flume, so the flow is not affected by the instrument, as opposed to other techniques. LDV systems perform measurements one point at a time, providing very high temporal resolution (up to 10,000+ Hertz) and very fine spatial resolution (in the order of 0.1 mm). These characteristics make LDV good for measurements very close to the boundaries and also for high turbulent flows. It is commonly found in the measurement of water and air flows, fuel injection and spray research and even in the biomedical field for blood flow.
|Physical principle:||Doppler effect|
|Direct reading of:||Scattered light intensity|
|Inferred measurement of:||Flow velocity|
|Spatial resolution:||Point (micron scale)|
|Temporal resolution:||> 10,000 Hz|
|Placement respect flow:||Outside (optical access needed)|
Albrecht, H., Borys, M., Damaschke, N., and Tropea, C. (2003). Laser Doppler and Phase Doppler Measurement Techniques, Eds. R. Adrian, M. Gharib, W. Merzkirch, D. Rockwell, and J. Whitelaw. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
Foreman, J.W., George, E.W., Lewis, R.D. (1965). “Measurement of localized flow velocities in gases with a laser Doppler flowmeter”, Applied Physics Letters, 7(4), 77-78.
Wikipedia (2011). “Laser Doppler Velocimetry”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_Doppler_velocimetry
Yeh, Y. and Cummins, H. (1964). “Localized fluid flow measurements with an He-Ne laser spectrometer”, Applied Physics Letters, 4(10), 176-178.