Single Droplet Tracking in Jet Flow

  • Gokhan Alcan
  • Morteza Ghorbani
  • Ali Kosar
  • Mustafa UnelEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9730)


Fluid systems such as the multiphase flow and the jet flow usually involve droplets and/or bubbles whose morphological properties can provide important clues about the underlying phenomena. In this paper, we develop a new visual tracking method to track the evolution of single droplets in the jet flow. Shape and motion features of the detected droplets are fused and Bhattacharyya distance is employed to find the closest droplet among possible candidates in consecutive frames. Shapes of the droplets are not assumed to be circles or ellipses during segmentation process, which utilizes morphological operations and thresholding. The evolution of single droplets in the jet flow were monitored via Particle Shadow Sizing (PSS) technique where they were tracked with 86 % average accuracy and 15 fps real-time performance.


Jet flow Droplet Bubble Morphology Segmentation Tracking Bhattacharyya distance 



This work was supported by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) under Grant No 113S092. Equipment utilization support from Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research and Applications Center (SUNUM) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gokhan Alcan
    • 1
  • Morteza Ghorbani
    • 1
  • Ali Kosar
    • 1
  • Mustafa Unel
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Natural SciencesSabanci UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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