High resolution scattering measurements for stationary particles
Daniel, Tamar Lynn
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Particle characterization is important to the aerospace field because particle ingestion in propulsion engines can lead to catastrophic failures. It has been shown laser based methodologies can determine size and concentration of spherical particles by using light extinction. However, when one moves to increasingly complex shapes one must take into consideration not only light extinction but multi angle light scattering. Cylindrical particles scatter light in a way that can be quantified by electromagnetic wave theory. This scattering distribution is directly related to the cylinders diameter and material properties, as well as the wavelength of the incident light. This project designed and implemented a rig that measures the scattering distribution of single static cylindrical particles. It was shown that the scattering distribution for cylinders can be measured and compared to computational expected values, especially in the forward scattering region. Future work in measuring the scattering distribution of increasingly complex geometries and in flow conditions is proposed.
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