INVESTIGATION OF WATER IMPACT OF BLUNT RIGID BODIES-SIZE SCALE EFFECTS.
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TEX DEPT OF MECHANICAL SCIENCES
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The results of an experimental study of the influence of model size on the blunt body water impact problem are given. It is demonstrated that a size scale effect definitely exists further, it is demonstrated that the model weight is another important parameter which must be considered. If the weight per unit of model area is held constant, then the peak impact pressure tends to decrease as model size increases for a given drop height impact velocity. Comparison of the present test data with the theoretical results of Verhagen showed this theory to predict peak impact pressures which are high by a factor of about four. It is concluded that the neglect of water compressibility in the Verhagen model is, at least partly, responsible. Experiments were performed with both two- and three-dimensional air flow conditions other than reducing the peak pressure values, restricting the air flow seems to have little or no effect on the physical picture of the blunt-body, still-water impact problem. A few tests involving impacts on a disturbed or wavy water surface showed, as was demonstrated in an earlier report, that the peak pressures are greatly reduced in a random fashion compared with the still water case. It is concluded that the physical process during impact on a wavy surface is different than with still water. Author
- Marine Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics