Advanced Flow Diagnostics Laboratory




The Advanced Flow Diagnostics Laboratory  (AFDL)  specializes in the development and  application of  visualization diagnostics for fluid dynamic  measurements. Areas of specialization  include three-  dimensional imaging and high-  repetition rate flow visualization (up to 1 million frames/sec). The  centerpiece of the laboratory  is a custom-built  plenoptic camera. AFDL is  under the direction of Dr. Brian Thurow. Research areas of interest include aero-optics, turbulence, compressible fluid dynamics, supersonic/hypersonic flow, and aero-acoustics. For more information, see our About AFDL page.


Recent Announcements: 

tim Congratulations to Tim Fahringer on his article, "Filtered refocusing: a volumetric reconstruction algorithm for plenoptic-PIV," being recently published in the Measurement Science and Technology Journal! 
elise Congratulations to Elise Hall on her article, "Comparison of three-dimensional particle tracking and sizing using plenoptic imaging and digital in-line holography" being recently published in the Applied Optics Journal! 
jeffrey Congratulations to Jeffrey Bolan on his article, "Light-Field Imaging Toolkit" being recently published in SoftwareX!
kyle Congratulations to Kyle Johnson for defending his master's thesis, Three-Dimensional Velocity Measurements in the Wake of a Hemispherical Roughness Element Using Plenoptic Particle Image Velocimetry
kyle Kyle Johnson presented Three Dimensional Plenoptic PIV Measurements of a Turbulent Boundary Layer Overlying Rough and Permeable Surfaces at the 18th International Symposium on the Application of Laser and Imaging Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, Lisbon, Portugal
elise Elise Munz is now Elise Hall! Congratulations to Elise and Taylor! The AFDL attended the beautiful ceremony and reception. Below is a refocused animation of the AFDL members at the wedding taking with the a consumer level plenoptic camera.
elise Congratulations to Elise Munz for successfully defending her master's thesis, A Comparison of Particle Tracking and Sizing Using Plenoptic Imaging and Digital In-line Holography 
elise Elise Munz presented A Preliminary Comparison of Three Dimensional Particle Tracking and Sizing using Plenoptic Imaging and Digital In-Line Holography at SciTech 2016, San Diego, CA
jenna Jenna Klemkowsky presented 3-D Visualization of Compressible Flow Using a Plenoptic Camera and Background Oriented Schlieren at SciTech 2016, San Diego, CA
tim Tim Fahringer presented On the development of filtered refocusing: A volumetric reconstruction algorithm for plenoptic-PIV at the 11th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry, Santa Barbara, CA
kyle Kyle Johnson presnted 3D Velocity Measurements of  a Hemispherical Roughness Element with Plenoptic PIV at the 11th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry, Santa Barbara, CA
kyle Congratulations to Kyle Johnson for being selected as 1 of 10 finalists in the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition at Auburn University. The final round of the competition will be held on November 19, 2015 at the Auburn University Conference Center and Hotel. For more information, check out the Auburn Graduate School's 3MT webpage!

On October 22, 2015, Kyle Johnson, Elise Munz, Dominic Hildebrandt, and Johnathan Bolton presented their ongoing research at the 4th Annual Graduate Engineering Research Showcase. This event is sponsored by the Council of Engineering Graduate Students, and it is designed to provide engineering graduate students to present their projects to a broad audience. Be sure to check out the pictures from this event!


Congratulations to Tim Fahringer on his article, "Volumetric Particle Image Velocimetry with a Single Plenoptic Camera," being recently published in the Measurement Science and Technology Journal! 


Congratulations to Dr. Brian Thurow for being elected to the grade of Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). AIAA Associate Fellows are individuals of distinction who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. Each year, only one for every 150 voting members are selected and approved. He will accept this award during the 2016 AIAA SciTech Forum in San Diego, CA in January.


Jenna Klemkowsky was selected to present at the Los Alamos National Laboratory TEDx event: Untold Science this summer describing the practical uses of the plenoptic camera. Independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world following the model of TED events as a “platform for ideas worth spreading.”

Want to see more news about AFDL? Check out our news page

For more information on the plenoptic camera, watch Dr. Brian Thurow's webinar:

"Plenoptic Cameras: The Future Of Imaging."

Interested in becoming a part of AFDL?

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For more information, please contact:
Coordinator:Brian Thurow
(334) 844-6827
Last Updated: Jun 06, 2017