Particle Image Velocimetry: User Guide

Chen Zhang, Sandijs Vasilevskis, Bartosz Kozlowski

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Particle image velocimetry (PIV) is a non-intrusive, whole filed optical method providing instantaneous velocity information in fluids. The flow is seeded with tracer particles. The particles are illuminated in the target area with a light sheet at least twice within a short time interval. The camera images the target area and captures each light pulse in separate image frames. The displacement of the particle between the light pulses can be used to determine the velocity vectors. This guideline introduces the principle of the PIV system and the system configuration. The measurement procedure is also described. The guideline focus on 2D PIV measurement, however, the 3D measurement procedure is also briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherDepartment of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesDCE Technical reports


  • Particle image velocimetry
  • Measurement procedure
  • 2D PIV


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