Exploiting the turbulence energy cascade for flow visualization
[ jeudi 23-02-2012 11:00
| anglais ]Exploiting the turbulence energy cascade for flow visualization
Department of Informatics
University of Bergen - Norway
Even though modern technology and tools, together with available computer power, theoretically enable us to visualise large vector fields directly, it often is neither interesting nor necessary to visualise every detail of them. Usually, interesting features of the investigated field can be visualized more efficiently using dedicated feature detectors, e.g. the λ2 criterion  for vertical structures.
In settings with highly complex flow patterns, such as fully developed turbulence, feature detectors may, however, mark almost the whole flow domain as a feature. In these cases visualisations based on these detectors become hard to interpret due to occlusion and visual cluttering. This problem is well known in visualisation, and has been addressed by previous work. Many of these methods have in common that they extract all features at first, and discard some of them afterwards. Criteria for this discarding are often of geometrical character, such as size (volume, length, area ...) or distance to next feature. While the visual output of such strategies satisfies the need to reduce occlusion and visual clutter, the interpretability of the results remains an open question. The immediate relation between the velocity field and the output of the feature detector is lost, since the simplication is made on the `image-level' only.
In this talk we discuss how the internal structure of flow fields can be exploited, in particular the turbulence energy cascade. Based on proper orthogonal decomposition , we present a general simplification scheme for feature extraction that preserves the 1-to-1 relation between visual output of the method and the flow pattern it is extracted from. We apply the simplification scheme on both Eulerian and Lagrangian feature detectors and discuss the results. In particular the impact of the simplification scheme on the detection and visualization of Lagrangian Coherent Structures based on Finite-time Lyapunov exponents is addressed. The results presented in this talk are published in the article `Energy-scale Aware Feature Extraction for Flow Visualization' .
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