Del Mar Photonics

Researches at the Laboratory for Energy Conversion at ETH Zurich use custom infrared optics supplied by Del Mar Photonics in the wind tunnel measurements at high temperatures and highly turbulent flow from the jets.

The ZnSe window with high accuracy antireflective coating enabled an IR transmittance of more than 92% for our wind tunnel.
The main flow was heated to 120 C and the coolant jet to -20C. The wind tunnel window which allowed infrared access was made of ZnSe provided by Del Mar of large dimension of 100 x 100 x 10. We managed to test many geometries and operating conditions even at high temperatures and highly turbulent flow from the jets.

Specifications for ZnSe window at Laboratory for Energy Conversion at ETH Zurich

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The Laval test rig consists of a subsonic wind tunnel powered by a centrifugal compressor, driven by a 470 kW electrical motor. The compressor is taken from an ABB VTC 254 turbocharger. In the current configuration, the wind tunnel has been adapted primarily for film cooling experiments.

The Laval wind tunnel can has a rectangular test section of dimensions 40mm x 181 mm x 400 mm. Typical freestream velocities can go up to 160 m/s or a Mach number of M=0.5, i.e. a mass flow rate of about 1.5 kg/s. A boundary layer based Reynolds number of 700 000 is thus attainable. The freestream flow can be heated to a temperature of 120C by a steam heat exchanger which can be accurately regulated and controlled. A water-cooled heat exchanger extracts the heat from the freestream downstream of the test section before it returns in a closed loop to the compressor. The boundary layer thickness of the flow is controlled by a suction arrangement. The boundary layer is sucked off through multiple, 1.2 mm diameter, discrete holes of covering an area of 60 mm x 180 mm. The extracted air is fed back into the loop downstream.

In order to study mixing and jet impingement a secondary air supply also exists to provide air which can be cryogenically cooled down to 40C. This cooled air can be injected through different hole arrangements to study various jet-in-crossflow configurations. The different temperatures between the injectant and the freestream are required to mimic the density ratios typically found in jet engines. In order to study unsteady effects the cool air can also be pulsated via an in-house designed pulsator, with frequencies up to 500 Hz.

The wind tunnel walls have access for intrusive probe measurements as well as for PIV and IR thermography.


Infrared thermography is the state-of-the art in the temperature measurement. It is a non-intrusive technique that involves visualizing the infrared radiation from a suitably blackened surface to determine its temperature. The emitted intensity of infrared radiation has a unique correlation with the surface temperature.

The infrared thermography system comprises primarily of an IR camera has the following characteristics. Request a quote for custom infrared thermography system



Detector Type: uncooled microbolometer FPA detector
Spatial Resolution: 384 x 288 IR-pixels combined with a 25mm lens allowing smallest resolvable dimension of 20 pixels per mm
Infrared image rate: 50 Hz
Temperature measurement range: -40 to 1200 C
Thermal resolution: 0.08K
Measurement accuracy: +/- 1.5 K

Optical access is provided by an IR transmitting ZnSe window with anti-reflective coating, that allows >92% transmittance in the wavelength range between 7.5 to 14 microns (Del Mar Photonics, Inc.).

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