Abstract

In this work, the thicknesses of a series of impinging sheets formed by two ethanol jets under different jet velocities are measured and compared with the theoretical model via a non-intrusive technique, the partial coherent interferometry. An interferometer with the calibrated partial coherence property is used to record the interference pattern by passing one optical path through the impinging sheet. The thickness is measured by analyzing the change of degree of coherence before and after the sheet insertion. The Reynolds numbers and Weber numbers of this experiment range from 269 to 370 and 35 to 67, respectively. The experimental results show that the jet velocity controls the size of the sheet but not affects the thickness distribution. The measured thicknesses are different from the theoretical predictions and indicate that the velocity inside the sheet may not be a constant along the radial direction.

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