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Prof. Fulvio Scarano: Status and developments of particle image velocimetry and its contribution to sport aerodynamics

CNR and UNIROMA 3 jointly host Prof. Dr.-Eng. Fulvio Scarano (Delft University of Technology, Aerospace Engineering Department – Aerodynamics, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS, Delft, The Netherlands, Ph: +31 15 278 5902, ) giving his seminar Wednesday 4 May 2022, 16:30 at UNIROMA3, Dept. of Engineering, Via Vito Volterra 62, 00146 Rome, Room N13.

The recent developments of the Particle Image Velocimetry technique (PIV) into a three-dimensional flow diagnostic tool allows nowadays its application in time-resolved mode for air flows at moderate values of the Reynolds number. This advance is mainly due to the joint progress of CMOS imagers and diode-pumped solid-state lasers operating at rates of several kilohertz. A more recent development is that of seeding particles that allow Large-Scale (at level of several m2) PIV.

As a result, a significant step forward in the detailed study of the complex and turbulent flows is being taken with augmented observation capabilities. Novel architecture for the measurement of the aerodynamics in real-life conditions allow non-intrusive study of the pressure field and open unforeseen perspectives in the area of sport aerodynamics.

The seminar will cover some fundamental aspects of 3D-PIV and time-resolved data reduction techniques aiming at pressure field analysis. Furthermore, concepts like robotic PIV and the Ring-of-Fire are introduced alongside applications to the aerodynamics of speed-sports like cycling and skating.

The presentation will be given in English, with the possibility of discussion in Italian when required.

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