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Measurement of the Wall Shear Stress With Sublayer Thin Plate of Thermochromic Liquid Crystal

[+] Author Affiliations
Takashi Kodama, Shinsuke Mochizuki

Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan

Paper No. AJKFluids2015-25474, pp. V01AT25A006; 5 pages
  • ASME/JSME/KSME 2015 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Symposia, Part 2
  • Seoul, South Korea, July 26–31, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5721-3
  • Copyright © 2015 by JSME


New optical method for measurement of the local wall shear stress has been developed by using thermo-chromic liquid crystal temperature measurement based on hue [1], [2] of the camera view. The flow field is the fully developed turbulent channel flow. Thin film made of thermo-chromic liquid crystal is placed on the wall. A rectangular shaped obstacle is glued on the film. The obstacle is within a region of buffer layer with height from the wall. Temperature of the film and the obstacle are slightly raised by a heater below the wall. The air flow makes non-uniform temperature distribution and non-uniform color distribution appears on the surface of the film. Relations between hue and local skin friction coefficient were examined in a turbulent air channel flow. It is indicated that a certain hue of a point is varying linearly against the corresponding local skin friction coefficient.

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