3 Scenarios When Density of Microspheres Matters in Research

Does Density of Microspheres Matter for Fluid Suspension?

When is the density of microspheres important? Density of microspheres controls the buoyancy of each particle and its behavior in a system or process. Let’s look at three scenarios: (1) suspension of microspheres in a specific fluid, (2) fluid flow, performing flow visualizations, or particle image velocimetry, and (3) simulation or modeling of objects with specific density.

Particle Image Velocimetry – Particle Size and Distribution

Density of Microspheres - Silver Coated Hollow Glass

Particle size: Particle size is connected to many of the other parameters of seed particles in a PIV system. With size affecting visibility, flow conformity, and being integral in relation to pixel size. A rough number for ideal particle size is 1-100um though sizes in the nm and mm?s have been used for certain PIV … Read more

Particle Image Velocimetry – Intro to Tracer Particle Parameters

Silver Coated Hollow Glass Microspheres

PIV is a vast field with varying techniques and differing areas of research. Techniques vary from 2D PIV, only viewing velocity in a plane of the fluid system, to high speed TOMO PIV which views a 3D area of fluid and can be time resolved allowing for acceleration data to also be obtained. Another difference … Read more

12th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry

Sourcing Microspheres - Monodisperse Silica

Cospheric participated in the 12th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry in Busan, Korea, with the hope of sharing knowledge about seeding particles involved in PIV research and advancements in microsphere technology which would benefit the work being done in flow visualization. Through conversations with many attendees we were able to gather information on some … Read more

PIV Seeding – Microparticle Recommendations

Flow Visualization can best be accomplished with colored or fluorescent tracing particles of the same density as the fluid being studied. Very bright fluorescent micro-particles are available in densities of 1g/cc these offer not only bright testing under daylight conditions, but also the option of illumination with lasers or uv lights for increased system contrast.