- The study is an examination of two-phase dispersed air bubble flow about a cylindrical conductor emitting a constant heat flux. The technique of Particle Image Velocimetry is utilized in order to obtain a full-field non-invasive measurement of the resulting bubbly flow velocity field. The employed approach utilizes a flow visualization technique in which the instantaneous velocity profile of a given flow field is determined by digitally recording particle or bubble images within the flow over multiple successive video frames and then conducting a completely computational analysis of the data. The use of particle tracking algorithms which perform a point-by-point matching of seed images from one frame to the next allows construction of particle or bubble pathlines and instantaneous velocity field. Results were initially obtained for a synthetically created flow field and a single phase liquid convective field seeded with flow-following tracer particles. The method was additionally extended to measurements within a gas/liquid system in which bubble rise velocities over a substantial two-dimensional flow area were determined in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the developed digital data acquisition and analysis methodology. 1991 Springer-Verlag.