A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Clarkson University has been awarded a grant of $288,441 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project, titled “MRI: Acquisition of a Tomographic Particle Image Velocimetry System” is funded through the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program at the NSF, which supports the purchase of large capital equipment that advances the research capabilities of the University. Tomographic Particle Image Velocimetry (TPIV) is a laser measurement technique that enables experimental measurements of complex three-dimensional fluid flows in both air and water.
“Acquisition of the TPIV system places Clarkson University at the forefront of experimental fluid dynamics research capabilities,” Principle Investigator and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Byron Erath said.
The research team is comprised of Erath and Co-Principal Investigators Assistant Professor Ian Knack (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Assistant Professor Abul Baki (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and Associate Professor Douglas Bohl (Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering).
The TPIV system will be used by the investigators to support existing research efforts and explore new endeavors in a variety of research topics, including: aeroacoustic sound production during voiced speech, flow behavior in and around stream obstructions, ecological function in urban stream systems, and aerodynamic studies of bioinspired airfoils. Each year a portion of the usage time will also be set aside to encourage the development of new research topics at Clarkson, as well as to advance collaborations with industrial partners.”
“It is our anticipation,” Erath continued, “that this system will not only ignite research efforts in fluid dynamics at the university level, but will also catalyze new partnerships with regional industries that can tap into the unique measurement capabilities now available at Clarkson, thereby strengthening economic development in the state of New York.”