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Advances in Condensed Matter Physics
Volume 2012, Article ID 898104, 8 pages
Research Article

Liquid Crystal Thermography Measurement Uncertainty Analysis and Its Application to Turbulent Heat Transfer Measurements

1School of Mechanical and Power Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China
2School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China

Received 13 July 2012; Accepted 27 August 2012

Academic Editor: Durga Ojha

Copyright © 2012 Yu Rao and Yamin Xu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Liquid crystal thermography is an advanced nonintrusive measurement technique, which is capable of providing a high-accuracy continuous temperature field measurement, especially for a complex structured heat transfer surface. The first part of the paper presents a comprehensive introduction to the thermochromic liquid crystal material and the related liquid crystal thermography technique. Then, based on the aythors' experiences in using the liquid crystal thermography for the heat transfer measurement, the parameters affecting the measurement uncertainty of the liquid crystal thermography have been discussed in detail through an experimental study. The final part of the paper describes the applications of the steady and transient liquid crystal thermography technique in the study of the turbulent flow heat transfer related to the aeroengine turbine blade cooling.