Borescopic Laser Doppler Velocimetry probe
A miniature fiber-optic, single-velocity-component Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) probe for measurement in cramped spaces, where access is very limited, has been designed, constructed, and tested. The probe design allows the main probe dimensions to be small (7mm in diameter). In addition, the proposed back-scatter collection scheme allows the main section to be as long as needed to access remote locations. The laser beams are first collimated by passing them through two separate collimating lenses. The collimated light then passes through 1 mm holes machined into a right angle prism-mirror and are focused to form the measurement probe volume using the focusing lens placed at the end of the probe extension tube. The light scattered by the particles in the flow is collected back by the focusing lens and is collimated. The collimated light then reflects off the right-angle mirror by 90 degrees, passes through the receiving lens, and is focused to the receiving fiber terminator. The receiving fiber-optic cable transmits the collected light to the photo-multiplier tube which then converts the signal into an electrical signal for further processing of the data. The probe working principle was proven in two types of jet flows.