A topological framework for flow characterization and identification

Flavia Tauro, Salvatore Grimaldi, Maurizio Porfiri

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The characterization of complex flows is often based on ki-netic and kinematic measurements computed from high dimen-sional sets of data. Computationally intensive processing of such large scale data sets is a major challenge in climatological and microfluidic app lications. Here, we offer a novel app roach based on noninvasive and unsupervised analysis of fluid flows through nonlinear manifold learning. Specifically, we study varying flow regimes in the wake of a circular cylinder by acquiring exper-imental video data with digital cameras and analyze the video frames with the isometric feature mapp ing (Isomap). We show that the topology of Isomap embedding manifolds directly cap-tures inherent flow features without performing velocity measure-ments. Further, we establish relationships between the amount of embedded data and the Reynolds number, which are utilized to detect the flow regime of independent experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDynamic Modeling and Diagnostics in Biomedical Systems; Dynamics and Control of Wind Energy Systems; Vehicle Energy Management Optimization; Energy Storage, Optimization; Transportation and Grid Applications; Estimation and Identification Methods, Tracking, Detection, Alternative Propulsion Systems; Ground and Space Vehicle Dynamics; Intelligent Transportation Systems and Control; Energy Harvesting; Modeling and Control for Thermo-Fluid Applications, IC Engines, Manufacturing
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791846193
StatePublished - 2014
EventASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2014 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2014Oct 24 2014

Publication series

NameASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2014


OtherASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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