To develop the skills to perform, analyse and understand the PIV technique for flow fields in complex geometry.
The purpose of my mobility project has been to develop the skills to perform, analyse and understand the PIV technique for flow fields in complex geometry. I have chosen the Thermo-fluid lab at George Washington University because of their deep knowledge in such topic. Furthermore, they have a facility similar to the one I am using during my PhD project.
The project began with the purpose of making and analysing PIV index match measures. Unfortunately, after the first few weeks of preparing the experimental setup, during a pressure test, so we decided to perform the analysis on experiments done previously on the same setup but never analysed. At the same time, I was able to learn how to perform PIV measurements on another type of setup, even more interesting but less related to my PhD subject: an entire sloshing swimming pool (yes, it was big enough you could actually swim inside!).
Beyond the professional aspect, this experience has also enriched me on a personal level. It was my first time in the United States and Washington, DC welcomed me with its heterogeneity of cultures that led me to change my point of view and challenge my beliefs. During the 3 months of the mobility project, I was able to travel and attend conferences and seminars in other cities as well, such as that of the American Physical Society in Phoenix and that of the American Nuclear Society in Washington, DC.