OpenPIV-MATLAB — An open-source software for particle image velocimetry; test case: Birds’ aerodynamics

Hadar Ben-Gida, Roi Gurka, Alex Liberzon

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We present an open-source MATLAB package, entitled OpenPIV-MATLAB, for analyzing particle image velocimetry (PIV) data. We extend the PIV analysis with additional tools for post-processing the PIV results including the estimation of aero/hydrodynamic forces from the PIV data of a wake behind an immersed (bluff or streamlined) body. The paper presents a detailed description of the packages, covering the three main parts: generating two-dimensional two component velocity fields from pairs of images (OpenPIV-MATLAB), spatial and temporal flow analysis based on the velocity fields (Spatial and Temporal Analysis Toolbox), and wake flow analysis along with the force estimates (getWAKE Toolbox). A complete analysis with a variety of post-processing capabilities is demonstrated using time-resolved PIV wake data of a freely flying European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) in a wind tunnel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100585
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Fluid mechanics
  • Particle Image Velocimetry
  • Wake analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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