Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Mark F. Reeder, PhD.
This paper describes a test series to investigate background patterns used for the Background-Oriented Schlieren field density measurement technique. Several varying background patterns were substituted under similar fluid density conditions to visualize and isolate the effects of patterns in the background images. A qualitative comparison was completed of the flow visualization results of each background pattern to categorize background conditions that improved the flow visualization image. Changes in background patterns revealed significant changes in flow visualization. Pattern contrast, spacing and sizing all played large parts in the quality of the visual density gradient imaging during the test series.
DTIC Accession Number
Hartberger, Jeffery E., "Background-Oriented Schlieren Pattern Optimization" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 1045.