Bioluminescence imaging for measuring fluid shear distrubutions

Yasunori Watanabe, Jun Sakai, Yuta Mitobe, Yasuo Niida

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The dinoflagellate Pyrocystis lunula emits light in response to water motion. The statistical features of the bioluminescence, emitted by P. lunula, owing to shear stress in oscillatory boundary layer flows over ripped bed were studied in this paper with the aim to develop a new imaging technique for measuring fluid strain rate and shear using plankton that emit light in response to mechanical stimulation. The flash intensity has been found to correlate with fluid strain rate estimated from fluid velocity over ripples. Thus the instantaneous planar distribution of the fluid shear can be estimated from video images of the bioluminescence in a fluid region by using the empirical relation determined in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2012, ICCE 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Event33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2012, ICCE 2012 - Santander, Spain
Duration: 2012 Jul 12012 Jul 6

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference


Other33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2012, ICCE 2012


  • Bioluminescence
  • Image measurement
  • Ripple
  • Shear
  • Turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography


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