Description of a Water Tank and of Initial Low Reynolds Number Flow and Buoyant Free Model Tests
Final rept. Oct 1971-Apr 1973,
FLORIDA UNIV GAINESVILLE COLL OF ENGINEERING
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A water tank was designed and constructed at the University of Florida to visualize low Reynolds number flows. Static or drain-down test conditions may be used, the former for observation of the free movement of positively or negatively buoyant models. The tank is 4 x 4 horizontal dimensions, and its square test section is six feet high it is constructed entirely of Plexiglas and therefore is corrosion free. The maximum unit Reynolds number in the drain-down mode is 10,000in. Photographs of flow about the Basic Finner model from preliminary tests are included. Buoyant sphere trajectories were observed in preliminary trials to be planar or spiral depending upon Reynolds number.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Fluid Mechanics