Machine learning flow regime classification in three-dimensional printed tubes

Munku Kang, Leslie K. Hwang, Beomjin Kwon

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations


This paper presents how the machine learning (ML) approach combined with a three-dimensional (3D) printing technique facilitates the flow analysis in fluidic devices. A digital light processing 3D printing rapidly prototypes geometrically complex flow devices with low cost. Then a simple but powerful machine learning algorithm, the random forests algorithm, is used to classify the flow images taken from semitransparent 3D printed tubes. In particular, this work focuses on the laminar-turbulent transition process occurring in a 3D wavy tube and a straight tube, which is visualized by dye injection. The ML model automatically classifies experimentally obtained flow images within ∼0.01 second per image only and identifies when and where the flow regime changes with an accuracy greater than 0.95. This work demonstrates a high-throughput and accurate method of flow visualization analysis

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number081901
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


Dive into the research topics of 'Machine learning flow regime classification in three-dimensional printed tubes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this