Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 539–547

Large scale particle image velocimetry with helium filled soap bubbles

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00348-008-0579-0

Cite this article as:
Bosbach, J., Kühn, M. & Wagner, C. Exp Fluids (2009) 46: 539. doi:10.1007/s00348-008-0579-0


The application of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to measurement of flows on large scales is a challenging necessity especially for the investigation of convective air flows. Combining helium filled soap bubbles as tracer particles with high power quality switched solid state lasers as light sources allows conducting PIV on scales of the order of several square meters. The technique was applied to mixed convection in a full scale double aisle aircraft cabin mock-up for validation of Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Bosbach
    • 1
  • Matthias Kühn
    • 1
  • Claus Wagner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow TechnologyGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)GöttingenGermany