FlowMaster Tomographic (Tomo) PIV is an extension of the FlowMaster Stereo-PIV concept and enables the instantaneous measurement of all three velocity components in a complete 3D measurement volume (3D3C).
FlowMaster Tomo-PIV systems use the same laser and camera equipment as in planar PIV setups, i. e. a direct migration from 2D- or Stereo-PIV to Tomo-PIV is straightforward best adding one or two cameras.
Tomo-PIV is based on the principle of tomographic reconstruction of voxel intensities in a volume (MART) that is well known from Computed Tomography (CT) in medical imaging. For accurate voxel reconstruction all cameras must be mapped in space into the same coordinate system with an accuracy of better than 0.1 pixel. This highly accurate camera calibration is realized using our patented Volume Self-Calibration method in DaVis.
Finally 3D-velocity vector maps from two 3D particle images are computed applying an iterative three-dimensional cross-correlation technique using deformed interrogation volumes.
For time-resolved Tomo-PIV measurements a time-marching Sequential Motion Tracking Enhancement (SMTE) reconstruction algorithm is used featuring a better reconstruction quality with higher possible seeding density and spatial resolution.