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    A Note on Partial Cavitation of Flat Plate Hydrofoils

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    Recently Tulin and Wu have treated the problem of fully developed cavitation on flat plate and cambered foils. In these treatments, the length of the cavity is always greater than the chord of the hydrofoil and the cavity is assumed to start at the leading edge of the plate. The purpose of this note is to extend Tulin's work to account for partial cavitation, i.e., when the cavitation bubble is less than the hydrofoil chord

    Flow in Hydraulic Machinery

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    This report concludes the work conducted by the Hydrodynamics Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology under Contract N6onr-44, Task II, in the general field of hydraulic machinery. This work was initiated in January 1947 under the initial guidance of Professors Knapp and Hollander. It has subsequently been continued by additional amendments to the original contract up to the present. The over-all objectives of this program were to make detailed observations and measurements of the internal flow in rotating impellers and stationary diffusors to permit the establishment of accurate design procedures for hydraulic machinery, and to serve as a starting point for realistic mathematical analysis of such flows. It is the intention of this report to indicate the scope of the work done under this contract and to describe the facilities built for its experimental end. A further aim is to outline, in brief, the reports and publications issued and some incidental benefits derived from this project

    Unsteady Effects in Flow Rate Measurement at the Entrance of a Pipe

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    Unsteady flow in pipes and nozzles occur frequently in engineering applications and they pose special problems of measurement and calibration. When the Reynolds number is high the entrance region of a pipe (following a smooth contraction) is characterized by a thin boundary layer and the unsteady effects are then bound up in the unsteady behavior of the boundary layer. Woblesse and Farrell [1]2 have recently considered unsteady effects in laminar pipe entrance flows that start from rest by an integral method. Periodic disturbances also arise which require a different treatment. The primary interest of the present work is for thin entrance boundary layers subject to peridodic disturbances. In either case the ratio of the average velocity to the velocity in the potential core is V[sub]avg/V[sub]core = 1- 2[delta]*/R [equation 1] where [delta]* is the usual displacement thickness and R is the pipe radius. In steady flow this ratio is just the "discharge coefficient", c[sub]d. In unsteady flow it is very desirable to know how this ratio changes with time because many of the presently available experimental methods enable one to measure V[sub]core but not V[sub]avg readily. In this brief note we will estimate the unsteady effects of a periodic, fluctuating main flow on the displacement thickness of a laminar, flat plate boundary layer. It is assumed that the boundary layer is sufficiently thin compared to the radius of a pipe so that the pressure gradient caused by this effect in a pipe can be neglected; the results should then be directly applicable to equation (I)

    A general nonconvex large deviation result II

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    We refine the conditions for the lower bound in an abstract large deviation result with nonconvex rate function we had previously introduced. We apply the results to certain stochastic recursive schemes.Comment: Published by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (http://www.imstat.org) in the Annals of Probability (http://www.imstat.org/aop/) at http://dx.doi.org/10.1214/00911790400000044

    Experimental study of the spray characteristics of a research airblast atomizer

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    Airblast atomization was studied using a especially designed atomizer in which the liquid first impinges on a splash plate, then is directed radially outward and is atomized by the air passing through two concentric, vaned swirlers that swirl the air in opposite directions. The effect of flow conditions, air mass velocity (mass flow rate per unit area) and liquid to air ratio on the mean drop size was studied. Seven different ethanol solutions were used to simulate changes in fuel physical properties. The range of atomizing air velocities was from 30 to 80 m/s. The mean drop diameter was measured at ambient temperature (295 K) and atmospheric pressure

    A Brief Note on Linearized, Unsteady, Supercavitating Flows

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    Three different models for the unsteady fluctuations of a slender cavity in the limit of small reduced frequency are compard with the results of quasi-steady calculations. Tullin's kinematically closed model in unsteady flow in soon to tend smoothly to a limiting quasi-steady motion having the same value for the compliance of the cavitating flow, unlike other models that have been used in the past

    The Dynamic Transfer Function for a Cavitating Inducer

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    Knowledge of the dynamic performance of pumps is essential for the prediction of transient behavior and instabilities in hydraulic systems; the necessary information is in the form of a transfer function which relates the instantaneous or fluctuating pressure and mass flow rate at inlet to the same quantities in the discharge from the pump. The presence of cavitation within the pump can have a major effect on this transfer function since dynamical changes in the volume of cavitation contribute to the difference in the instantaneous inlet and discharge mass flow rates. The present paper utilizes results from free streamline cascade theory to evaluate the elements in the transfer function for a cavitating inducer and shows that the numerical results are consistent with the characteristics observed in some dynamic tests on rocket engine turbopumps

    A Cavitation Susceptability Meter with Optical Cavitation Monitoring-Part One: Design Concepts

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    This work is concerned with the design of a Cavitation Susceptibility Meter based on the use of a venturi tube for the measurement of the active cavitation nuclei concentration in water samples as a function of the applied tension. The operation of the Cavitation Susceptibility Meter is analyzed and the main considerations leading to the proposed design are illustrated and critically discussed. The results of this analysis indicate that the operational range is mainly limited by nuclei interference, flow separation and saturation (choking), and suggest to develop a Cavitation Susceptibility Meter where; (1) the flow possesses a laminar potential core throughout the venturi throat section in all operational conditions; (b) the pressure at the venturi throat is determined from the upstream pressure and the local flow velocity; (c) the detection of cavitation and the measurement of the flow velocity are carried out optically by means of a Laser Doppler Velocimeter; (d) a custom-made electronic Signal Processor incorporating a frequency counter is used for real time data generation and temporary storage; (e) a computerized system performs the final acquisition and reduction of the data

    Separation and Surface Nuclei Effects in a Cavitation Susceptibility Meter

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    This work is concerned with the effects of flow separation and surface nuclei on the operation of a fixed geometry Cavitation Susceptibility Meter (CSM) with laminar flow. Cavitation is induced under controlled conditions at the throat of a glass venturi tube for the measurement of the active nuclei concentration in water samples as a function of the applied tension. Both cavitation and flow velocity are monitored optically by a Laser Doppler Velocimeter. The throat pressure is determined indirectly from the upstream pressure and the local flow velocity. The results show that laminar flow separation and surface nuclei effects are the most stringent operational limitations. Separation in the diffuser increases the minimum attainable throat pressure above the susceptibility of most cavitation nuclei commonly found in technical waters. Surface nuclei can generate extensive sheet or spot cavitation at relatively high tensions even on optically finished glass surfaces. These phenomena are difficult to eliminate and bring therefore into question the practical utility of CSM's with laminar flow and fixed geometry for the measurement of the dependence of the cavitating nuclei concentration over wide ranges of the applied tension, as required for cavitation studies
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