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Global POD Modes From PIV Asynchronous Patches

Iacopo Tirelli (1), Adrian Grille Guerra (2), Andrea Ianiro (1), Andrea Sciacchitano (2), Fulvio Scarano (2), Stefano Discetti (1)

1. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Leganes, Spain
2. Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands


A method is proposed to obtain full-domain spatial modes based on Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements performed at different (overlapping) spatial locations. When performing robotic volumetric Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) (Jux et al., 2018), the large-scale mean velocity fields are estimated merging several measurements performed at different (adjacent) locations covered by the robot sequence. The proposed methodology leverages the definition of POD modes as eigenvectors of the spatial correlation matrix to obtain also large-scale modes. Performing measurements over overlapping (50-75%) regions allows to approximate the correlation matrix in the two adjacent domains. When applied over a sequence of views, this method has the potential to deliver full-domain POD modes spanning the volume covered by the robot sequence, even if different regions are covered asynchronously. This methodology is particularly well-suited for applications that seek to investigate large-scale flow structures, whenever the dynamic spatial range (DSR) of the measurement system does not allow to capture the whole domain at once. The methodology is validated using a 2D experimental dataset of a turbulent boundary layer, where patches are artificially created from splitting the PIV measurements, later used as ground truth to assess the results. Furthermore, we apply the technique to a 3D robotic volumetric PIV experiment of the flow around a wall-mounted cube.

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