A Simplified Method of Using Four-Hole Probes to Measure Three-Dimensional Flow Fields

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N. Sitaram, A. L. Treaster

Applied Research Laboratory, State College, Pa. 16801

J. Fluids Eng 107(1), 31-35 (Mar 01, 1985) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3242436 History: Received January 24, 1983; Online October 26, 2009


A simplified method of using four-hole probes to measure three-dimensional flow-fields is presented. This method is similar to an existing calibration and application procedure used for five-hole probes. The new method is demonstrated for two four-hole probes of different geometry. These four-hole probes and a five-hole probe are used to measure the turbulent boundary layer on a flat plate. The results from the three probes are in good agreement with theoretical predictions. The major discrepancies occur near the surface of the flat plate and are attributed to wall vicinity and velocity gradient effects.

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