Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 27–71 | Cite as

Main results of the third international PIV Challenge

  • M. StanislasEmail author
  • K. Okamoto
  • C. J. Kähler
  • J. Westerweel
  • F. Scarano
Research Article


This paper presents the main results of the third international PIV Challenge which took place in Pasadena (USA) on the 19th and 20th of September 2005. This workshop was linked to the PIV05 International Symposium held at the same place the same week. The present contribution states the objectives of the challenge, describes the test cases and the algorithms used by the participants, and presents the main results together with some discussion and conclusions on the accuracy and robustness of various PIV and PTV algorithms. As the entire amount of results obtained cannot be detailed, this contribution is written as a guide for the use of the full database of images and results which is available at


Probability Density Function Optical Flow Interrogation Window Image Deformation Spurious Vector 
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The authors are thankful to S. Coudert, J. M. Foucaut and R. Hain for their help in preparing and processing the data and organising the Challenge. They are also thankful to prof. H. Naghib and his team for the friendly and efficient organisation of the workshop in Pasadena, USA. They are finally thankful to the Visualisation Society of Japan and the European Commission (through the PIVNET 2 European thematic network) for supporting this Challenge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Stanislas
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. Okamoto
    • 2
  • C. J. Kähler
    • 3
  • J. Westerweel
    • 4
  • F. Scarano
    • 5
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Mécanique de LilleUMR 8107Villeneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  2. 2.Department of Quantum Engineering Systems ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Institut für StrömungsmechanikBraunschweigGermany
  4. 4.Laboratory for Aero and HydrodynamicsDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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