Abstract

A technique for measuring nonintrusively, and in real time, the size and velocity of droplets in a spray is presented. A small beam identifies the center of a larger beam, thus defining a region of almost uniform intensity, and only droplets crossing through such a center are measured. The size is obtained from the absolute scattered light and the velocity from the modulated signal produced by the interferometric pattern. A self-calibrating algorithm is also discussed. Results are presented for a spray of predictable characteristics.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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