Accession Number : ADA138168

Title :   Laser Velocimeter Optical Traverse Scheme: An Investigation of a Proposed Optical Scanning Technique for Arnold Engineering and Development Center's Four-Foot Transonic Wind Tunnel.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Krajci,G S

PDF Url : ADA138168

Report Date : Dec 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 141

Abstract : This investigation analyzed a nonstandard laser velocimeter setup proposed for use in AEDC Wind Tunnel 4T. The setup uses a gimballed mirror to move the probe volume from point to point, and the translation of a lens to control the distance in the tunnel the probe volume reaches. Results show that for equal indices of refraction inside and outside the tunnel, the laser beams of a converging pair do not totally converge with its associated beam except under certain conditions, and the probe volumes created by each pair of overlapping laser beams do not always coincide. This work then provides the conditions necessary for total convergence of a pair of laser beams for this setup. A solution is then proposed to insure convergence of each laser beam pair and overlap of the two probe volumes. More than a solution to the above problems, a method is given to determine the azimuth and elevation angles for a mirror such that the reflected beam off the mirror passes through a given point in the tunnel after traversing a window. To carry out these investigations, a computer code was written to simulate the nonstandard laser velocimeter setup, and a second code was written to determine the azimuth and elevation angles for a mirror such that the reflected beam off the mirror passes through a given point in the tunnel after traversing a window. Both codes were written in FORTRAN 77, implemented on a CDC 6000-CYBER 74.

Descriptors :   *Laser velocimeters, Transonic wind tunnels, Optical scanning, Laser beams, Mirrors, Doppler effect, Computer applications, Subroutines

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE