Measurements of Atomized Droplet Flow by a Four-Beam Fiber Optic LDV System

Kuniyoshi Tsubouchi, Shohei Yoshida, Koichi Hishida, Masanobu Maeda

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The presence of particles or water droplets in the flow of turbomachinery, especially in the low pressure stages of a wet steam turbine, leads to the erosion on the moving blades and causes the increase of energy loss. Therefore, there is a growing demand for measuring the behavior of these particles directly in order to evaluate and prevent the blade erosion. This report is concerned with the measuring technique of droplet sizing and velocity in the atomized droplet flow by a four-beam fiber optic LDV system. The optical system makes two coaxial volumes with different diameters and droplet sizes are evaluated by light scattering intensity. The results of experimental calibration using a monodispersed droplet generator with the vibrating orifice indicate good agreements with those of microscopic measurements. Finally, this paper shows the results recorded in the atomized droplet flow at different chamber pressures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1022-1029
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Series B
Issue number512
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Atomized Droplet
  • Droplet Sizing
  • Droplet Velocity
  • Fiber LDV
  • Flow Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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