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Flying PIV measurements in a 4-valve IC engine water analogue to characterize the near-wall flow evolution

Koehler, M., Hess, D. & Bruecker, C. (2015). Flying PIV measurements in a 4-valve IC engine water analogue to characterize the near-wall flow evolution. Measurement Science and Technology, 26(12), article number 125302. doi: 10.1088/0957-0233/26/12/125302


For a deeper understanding of the highly unsteady near-wall boundary layer flows in internal combustion (IC) engines, PIV-based flow field measurements close to the inner cylinder and piston walls within transparent engines are required. The herein described flying PIV method in combination with a scanning light-sheet provides time-resolved PIV measurements in a transparent IC engine water analogue in a radial plane 1.5 mm apart from the planar piston crown while the piston is moving. The light-sheet is parallel to the piston surface and moves with the piston thanks to the scanning technique that synchronizes the sheet motion with the non-linear piston motion. A compact high speed camera is positioned within the piston shaft below the transparent piston head and records the particle fields within the illuminated plane in time-resolved manner. The measurements are realized in a water-analogue of a 4-valve engine at 950 rpm engine speed in real situation. Instantaneous pictures are compared to phase-averaged velocity maps and allowed to localize regions of high cycle-to-cycle fluctuations.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article published in Measurement Science and Technology. IOP Publishing Ltd is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at
Publisher Keywords: flying PIV, engine, particle image velocimetry
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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