Hessert Laboratory

Plasma Flow Sensor


The Institute for Flow Physics and Control has considerable instrumentation that supports the experimental facilities in the Hessert Laboratory and the White Field Laboratory. This includes hundreds of channels of hot-wire anemometers, amplifiers and filters for flow measurements, a two-component Laser Doppler Anemometer (LDV) system, two 3-D Particle Image Velocimeter (PIV) systems, a high-speed 2-D PIV system, two high-speed video cameras, 80 channels of microphones, a ve-component force measurement sting, five three-component force balances, and more than 30 channels of support instrumentation that includes oscilloscopes, multi-meters, voltage and current sources, and digital microscopes. There are over 20 multi-processor computer systems that are used for data acquisition and processing. These each include multiple channels of high-speed analog-to-digital converters. The Institute has numerous dedicated computer facilities that includes a 200 processor Beowulf system for CFD simulations. Other multi-processor systems are used for data processing and visualization.