SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1984

Comparative Measurements Using Different Particle Size Instruments


This paper discusses the measurement and comparison of particle size and velocity measurements in sprays. The general nature of sprays and the development of standard, consistent research sprays are described. The instruments considered in this paper are: pulsed laser photography, holography, television, and cinematography; laser anemometry and interferometry using visibility, peak amplitude, and intensity rationing; and laser diffraction. Calibration is by graticule, reticle, powders with known size distributions in liquid cells, monosize sprays, and, eventually, standard sprays. Statistical analyses including spatial and temporal long-time averaging as well as high-frequency response time histories with conditional sampling are examined. Previous attempts at comparing instruments, the making of simultaneous or consecutive measurements with similar types and different types of imaging, interferometric, and diffraction instruments are reviewed. A program of calibration and experiments for comparing and assessing different instruments is presented.

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Chigier, N
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Developed by Committee: E29
Pages: 169–186
DOI: 10.1520/STP32624S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4913-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0227-9