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 Experiments in Fluids   [SJR: 1.596]   [H-I: 69]   [8 followers]  Follow         Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)    ISSN (Print) 1432-1114 - ISSN (Online) 0723-4864    Published by Springer-Verlag  [2302 journals]
• Experimental analysis of thermo-acoustic instabilities in a generic gas
turbine combustor by phase-correlated PIV, chemiluminescence, and laser
Raman scattering measurements
• Abstract: Abstract A gas turbine model combustor for partially premixed swirl flames was equipped with an optical combustion chamber and operated with CH4 and air at atmospheric pressure. The burner consisted of two concentric nozzles for separately controlled air flows and a ring of holes 12 mm upstream of the nozzle exits for fuel injection. The flame described here had a thermal power of 25 kW, a global equivalence ratio of 0.7, and exhibited thermo-acoustic instabilities at a frequency of approximately 400 Hz. The phase-dependent variations in the flame shape and relative heat release rate were determined by OH* chemiluminescence imaging; the flow velocities by stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (PIV); and the major species concentrations, mixture fraction, and temperature by laser Raman scattering. The PIV measurements showed that the flow field performed a “pumping” mode with varying inflow velocities and extent of the inner recirculation zone, triggered by the pressure variations in the combustion chamber. The flow field oscillations were accompanied by variations in the mixture fraction in the inflow region and at the flame root, which in turn were mainly caused by the variations in the CH4 concentration. The mean phase-dependent changes in the fluxes of CH4 and N2 through cross-sectional planes of the combustion chamber at different heights above the nozzle were estimated by combining the PIV and Raman data. The results revealed a periodic variation in the CH4 flux by more than 150 % in relation to the mean value, due to the combined influence of the oscillating flow velocity, density variations, and CH4 concentration. Based on the experimental results, the feedback mechanism of the thermo-acoustic pulsations could be identified as a periodic fluctuation of the equivalence ratio and fuel mass flow together with a convective delay for the transport of fuel from the fuel injector to the flame zone. The combustor and the measured data are well suited for the validation of numerical combustion simulations.
PubDate: 2015-03-18

• A robust post-processing method to determine skin friction in turbulent
boundary layers from the velocity profile
• Abstract: Abstract The present paper describes a method to extrapolate the mean wall shear stress, $$\tau _{wall}$$ , and the accurate relative position of a velocity probe with respect to the wall, $$\Delta y$$ , from an experimentally measured mean velocity profile in a turbulent boundary layer. Validation is made between experimental and direct numerical simulation data of turbulent boundary layer flows with independent measurement of the shear stress. The set of parameters which minimize the residual error with respect to the canonical description of the boundary layer profile is taken as the solution. Several methods are compared, testing different descriptions of the canonical mean velocity profile (with and without overshoot over the logarithmic law) and different definitions of the residual function of the optimization. The von Kármán constant is used as a parameter of the fitting process in order to avoid any hypothesis regarding its value that may be affected by different initial or boundary conditions of the flow. Results show that the best method provides an accuracy of $$\Delta u_\tau \le 0.6\,\%$$ for the estimation of the friction velocity and $$\Delta y^+\le 0.3$$ for the position of the wall. The robustness of the method is tested including unconverged near-wall measurements, pressure gradient, and reduced number of points; the importance of the location of the first point is also tested, and it is shown that the method presents a high robustness even in highly distorted flows, keeping the aforementioned accuracies if one acquires at least one data point in $$y^+<10$$ . The wake component and the thickness of the boundary layer are also simultaneously extrapolated from the mean velocity profile. This results in the first study, to the knowledge of the authors, where a five-parameter fitting is carried out without any assumption on the von Kármán constant and the limits of the logarithmic layer further from its existence.
PubDate: 2015-03-17

• Mechanism and flow measurement of AC electrowetting propulsion on free
surface
• Abstract: Abstract A free surface in contact with a floating object can be vertically oscillated by applying an alternating current electrowetting-on-dielectric (AC EWOD). The oscillation of the free surface generates a propelling force on the centimeter-sized floating object. This paper describes a propulsion mechanism in free-surface oscillation along with its experimental results. Flow visualizations, wave patterns measured by the free-surface synthetic schlieren method, and PIV measurements show that the oscillation generates a capillary Stokes drift on the water surface and two counter-rotating spiral underwater vortices, leading to an ejecting flow (streaming flow) normal to the wall of the boat. The momentum of the ejecting flow produces a reaction force on the wall and ultimately propels the floating boat. The propulsion speed of the boat highly depends on the amplitude, frequency, and shape of the AC EWOD signal. Curve fittings based on the Stokes drift well match the experimental measurements of propulsion speed. The width of the EWOD electrode also has significant effects on the boat speed.
PubDate: 2015-03-15

• An efficient and accurate approach to MTE-MART for time-resolved
tomographic PIV
• Abstract: Abstract The motion-tracking-enhanced MART (MTE-MART; Novara et al. in Meas Sci Technol 21:035401, 2010) has demonstrated the potential to increase the accuracy of tomographic PIV by the combined use of a short sequence of non-simultaneous recordings. A clear bottleneck of the MTE-MART technique has been its computational cost. For large datasets comprising time-resolved sequences, MTE-MART becomes unaffordable and has been barely applied even for the analysis of densely seeded tomographic PIV datasets. A novel implementation is proposed for tomographic PIV image sequences, which strongly reduces the computational burden of MTE-MART, possibly below that of regular MART. The method is a sequential algorithm that produces a time-marching estimation of the object intensity field based on an enhanced guess, which is built upon the object reconstructed at the previous time instant. As the method becomes effective after a number of snapshots (typically 5–10), the sequential MTE-MART (SMTE) is most suited for time-resolved sequences. The computational cost reduction due to SMTE simply stems from the fewer MART iterations required for each time instant. Moreover, the method yields superior reconstruction quality and higher velocity field measurement precision when compared with both MART and MTE-MART. The working principle is assessed in terms of computational effort, reconstruction quality and velocity field accuracy with both synthetic time-resolved tomographic images of a turbulent boundary layer and two experimental databases documented in the literature. The first is the time-resolved data of flow past an airfoil trailing edge used in the study of Novara and Scarano (Exp Fluids 52:1027–1041, 2012); the second is a swirling jet in a water flow. In both cases, the effective elimination of ghost particles is demonstrated in number and intensity within a short temporal transient of 5–10 frames, depending on the seeding density. The increased value of the velocity space–time correlation coefficient demonstrates the increased velocity field accuracy of SMTE compared with MART.
PubDate: 2015-03-13

• Noncontact rebound and fission of oppositely charged droplets
• Abstract: Abstract Oppositely charged droplets rebound and break up under high enough electrical fields before they contact each other. By using high-speed microscopy, we present a detailed experimental study of the noncontact bouncing and breakup process of oppositely charged droplets for liquids of different conductivities. Under different applied voltages, the breakup morphology of oppositely charged droplets with various ion concentrations has been accurately captured, and an image-processing technology was used to analyze the effect of several parameters on the breakup process. The breakup structures based on ion concentrations were measured to build up their relationship to study the dynamic behavior of oppositely charged droplets. For poorly conducting or nonconducting liquids, no breakup behavior was observed regardless of the applied voltage. However, various breakup structures are detected as the applied voltage increases for high-conductivity liquids. The behavior of bouncing without breakup is caused by air discharge, which is achieved prior to the ion concentration on the droplet tip reaching the Rayleigh charge limit. The behavior of bouncing with breakup is a form of Coulomb fission, which means that the surface charge on the droplet tip reaches the Rayleigh charge limit prior to air discharge. The fitting curves are given to demarcate bouncing and breakup behaviors. Droplets with high conductivity exhibit the maximum change in breakup volume, indicating that high-conductivity liquids are more sensitive to changes in electric field strength.
PubDate: 2015-03-11

• The pressure field of imploding lightbulbs
• Abstract: Abstract The implosion of A19 incandescent lightbulbs in a high-pressure water environment is studied in a 1.77-m-diameter steel tank. Underwater blast sensors are used to measure the dynamic pressure field near the lightbulbs and the implosions are photographed with a high-speed movie camera at a frame rate of 24,000 pps. The movie camera and the pressure signal recording system are synchronized to enable correlation of features in the movie frames with those in the pressure records. It is found that the gross dimensions and weight of the bulbs are very similar from one bulb to another, but the ambient water pressure at which a given bulb implodes ( $$P_a$$ , called the implosion pressure) varies from 6.29 to 11.98 atmospheres, probably due to inconsistencies in the glass wall thickness and perhaps other detailed characteristics of the bulbs. The dynamic pressures (the local pressure minus $$P_a$$ , as measured by the sensors) first drop during the implosion and then reach a strong positive peak at about the time that the bulb reaches minimum volume. The peak dynamic pressure varies from 3.61 to 28.66 atmospheres. In order to explore the physics of the implosion process, the dynamic pressure signals are compared to calculations of the pressure field generated by the collapse of a spherical bubble in a weakly compressible liquid. The wide range of implosion pressures is used in combination with the calculations to explore the effect of the relative liquid compressibility and the bulb itself on the dynamic pressure field.
PubDate: 2015-03-10

• Fast and efficient particle reconstruction on a 3D grid using sparsity
• Abstract: Abstract We propose an approach for efficient localization and intensity reconstruction of particles on a 3D grid based on sparsity principles. The computational complexity of the method is limited by using the particle volume reconstruction paradigm (Champagnat et al. in Meas Sci Technol 25, 2014) and a reduction in the problem dimension. Tests on synthetic and experimental data show that the proposed method leads to more efficient detections and to reconstructions of higher quality than classical tomoPIV approaches on a large range of seeding densities, up to ppp ≈ 0.12.
PubDate: 2015-03-10

• Isotropic-planar illumination for PIV experiments
• Abstract: Abstract A new method for laser illumination in particle image velocimetry (PIV) has been introduced: internal “isotropic-planar” illumination that provides laser light to regions of the flow field that were previously cast into shadow using the conventional external (laser light sheet) illumination method. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the isotropic-planar illumination method, a comparison of the measured velocity field around five side-by-side circular cylinders that are immersed in uniform flow is made against the conventional external illumination method. The new method is effective at eliminating the shadow region, allowing the velocity field of the upstream, gap and downstream regions around the five side-by-side circular cylinders to be measured simultaneously. These PIV measurements provide new insight into the behavior of the gap flow that passes between the cylinders.
PubDate: 2015-03-10

• Interaction of steady jets with an array of permeable screens
• Abstract: Abstract Turbulent flows in porous media have important practical applications such as enhanced mixing of fuel and air, food drying, and cooling of electronics. However, experimental studies of turbulence in porous media are sparse due to the difficulties of measuring the complex flow environment. To this end, the interactions of steady jets with a porous medium formed from several parallel, transparent, permeable screens are studied using digital particle image velocimetry in a refractive indexed-matched environment. The permeable screens had porosities (open area ratios, ϕ) of 83.8, 69.0, 55.7, and 49.5 % and were held by a transparent frame that allowed the screen spacing to be changed. The steady jet results for Reynolds number (Re), which is defined based on the jet exit velocity and jet diameter, of 1000 showed laminar, predominantly steady flow that was segregated inside the porous medium, but for Re ≥ 2000, the flow was unsteady and turbulent with a mean velocity field that was relatively smooth inside the porous medium. As a result, more traditional jet features of self-similarity and increasing jet width were compared for the Re ≥ 2000 results. Decreasing the porosity was observed to increase the width of the jet significantly, especially for low porosity screens, and slowed the jet flow speed. Some of the typical features for axisymmetric jets were observed, even though the flow impinged on the permeable screens. In particular, self-similarity (or near self-similar behavior) was observed for the cross-sectional mean velocity profiles and for turbulence quantities for porosities larger than 55.7 % inside the porous medium. The effect of ϕ on turbulence quantities was significant for Re ≥ 2000. Although turbulence intensity increased on the downstream side of the first screen, the high dissipation forced drastic decrease of turbulence levels further downstream in the porous domain. Finally, the screens increased the removal of momentum from the jet as porosity decreased and screen spacing had a significant effect on the removal rate.
PubDate: 2015-03-07

• On the scaling of streamwise streaks and their efficiency to attenuate
Tollmien–Schlichting waves
• Abstract: Abstract Streaky boundary layers generated by an array of miniature vortex generators (MVGs) mounted on a flat plate have recently shown to have a stabilizing effect on both two- and three-dimensional disturbances. An experimental study on the effect of the geometrical parameters of MVGs on the generated streamwise streaks in the flat plate boundary layer is carried out, and the corresponding stabilizing effect on Tollmien–Schlichting (TS) wave disturbances is quantified. The new experimental configurations have led to an improved empirical scaling law, which includes additional geometrical parameters of the MVGs compared to the previously reported relation. It is found that the MVG configuration can be optimized with respect to the attenuation of disturbances. In addition, the streamwise location of branch I of the neutral stability curve, with regard to the location of the MVG array, is found to be correlated with the initial receptivity of TS waves on the MVG array and the attenuation of the TS wave amplitude in the unstable region.
PubDate: 2015-03-06

• Background-oriented schlieren (BOS) techniques
• Abstract: Abstract This article gives an overview of the background-oriented schlieren (BOS) technique, typical applications and literature in the field. BOS is an optical density visualization technique, belonging to the same family as schlieren photography, shadowgraphy or interferometry. In contrast to these older techniques, BOS uses correlation techniques on a background dot pattern to quantitatively characterize compressible and thermal flows with good spatial and temporal resolution. The main advantages of this technique, the experimental simplicity and the robustness of correlation-based digital analysis, mean that it is widely used, and variant versions are reviewed in the article. The advantages of each variant are reviewed, and further literature is provided for the reader.
PubDate: 2015-03-06

• Mitigation of wind tunnel wall interactions in subsonic cavity flows
• Abstract: Abstract The flow over an open aircraft bay is often represented in a wind tunnel with a cavity. In flight, this flow is unconfined, though in experiments, the cavity is surrounded by wind tunnel walls. If untreated, wind tunnel wall effects can lead to significant distortions of cavity acoustics in subsonic flows. To understand and mitigate these cavity–tunnel interactions, a parametric approach was taken for flow over an L/D = 7 cavity at Mach numbers 0.6–0.8. With solid tunnel walls, a dominant cavity tone was observed, likely due to an interaction with a tunnel duct mode. An acoustic liner opposite the cavity decreased the amplitude of the dominant mode and its harmonics, a result observed by previous researchers. Acoustic dampeners were also placed in the tunnel sidewalls, which further decreased the dominant mode amplitudes and peak amplitudes associated with nonlinear interactions between cavity modes. This indicates that cavity resonance can be altered by tunnel sidewalls and that spanwise coupling should be addressed when conducting subsonic cavity experiments. Though mechanisms for dominant modes and nonlinear interactions likely exist in unconfined cavity flows, these effects can be amplified by the wind tunnel walls.
PubDate: 2015-03-06

• POD analysis of the turbulent flow downstream a mild and sharp bend
• Abstract: Abstract Time-resolved stereoscopic particle image velocimetry measurements have been taken of the turbulent flow at the exit plane of a mild and a sharp pipe bend. Cross-sectional flow fields were obtained 1, 2 and 3 pipe diameters downstream the bend in order to capture the flow evolution. Proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) was applied in order to identify the underlying vortical patterns and revealed the existence of a single cell spanning the whole cross section as the most dominant structure, while the Dean cells appeared in the next most energetic modes. The results from these investigations, which indicate the origin of the oscillatory motion of the Dean vortices, the so-called swirl switching, were found to agree with those presented by Hellström et al. (J Fluid Mech 735:R7, 2013). Furthermore, the effect of a honeycomb, mounted at the bend inlet, on the flow field has been studied by means of statistical and POD analysis in order to test the hypothesis by Sakakibara and Machida (Phys Fluids 24:041702, 2012), viz. whether the unsteady behaviour of the Dean cells is related to large-scale structures existing upstream the bend. As a consequence of the honeycomb, the Dean vortices do not appear in the mean field, nor in the most energetic modes, which opens possibilities to overcome or at least delay the problem of fatigue in piping systems which can be caused by the swirl switching.
PubDate: 2015-03-04

• Fiber optic distributed temperature sensor mapping of a jet-mixing flow
field
• Abstract: Abstract This paper introduces the use of a Rayleigh backscatter-based distributed fiber optic sensor to map the temperature field in air flow for a thermal fatigue application. The experiment involves a pair of air jets at 22 and 70 °C discharging from 136 mm hexagonal channels into a 1 × 1 × 1.7 m tank at atmospheric pressure. A 40 m-long, ϕ155 µm fiber optic sensor was wound back and forth across the tank midplane to form 16 horizontal measurement sections with a vertical spacing of 51 mm. This configuration generated a 2D temperature map with 2800 data points over a 0.76 × 1.7 m plane. Fiber optic sensor readings were combined with PIV and infrared measurements to relate flow field characteristics to the thermal signature of the tank lid. The paper includes sensor stability data and notes issues encountered using the distributed temperature sensor in a flow field. Sensors are sensitive to strain and humidity, and so accuracy relies upon strict control of both.
PubDate: 2015-03-04

• PIV measurements of flow around an arbitrarily moving free surface
• Abstract: Abstract We present an image preprocessing method for particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements of flow around an arbitrarily moving free surface. When performing PIV measurements of free surface flows, the interrogation windows neighboring the free surface are vulnerable to a lack, or even an absence, of seeding particles, which induces less reliable measurements of the velocity field. In addition, direct measurements of the free surface velocity using PIV have been challenging due to the intermittent appearance of the arbitrarily moving free surface. To address the aforementioned limitations, the PIV images with a curvilinear free surface can be treated to be suitable for a structured interrogation window arrangement in a Cartesian grid. The proposed image preprocessing method is comprised of a free surface detection method and an image transform process. The free surface position was identified using a free surface detection method based on multiple textons. The detected free surface points were used to transform PIV images of a curvilinear free surface into images with a straightened free surface using a cubic Hermite spline interpolation scheme. After the image preprocessing, PIV algorithms can be applied to the treated PIV images. The fluid-only region velocities were measured using standard PIV method with window deformation, and the free surface velocities were resolved using PIV/interface gradiometry method. The velocity field in the original PIV images was constructed by inverse transforming that in the transformed images. The accuracy of the proposed method was quantitatively evaluated with two sets of synthetic PIV images, and its applicability was examined by applying the present method to free surface flow images, specifically sloshing flow images.
PubDate: 2015-03-04

• Plasma control of shock wave configuration in off-design mode of M
= 2 inlet
• Abstract: Abstract The objective of this work was to study the steering effect of a weakly ionized plasma on a supersonic flow structure in a two-dimensional aerodynamic configuration with a three-shock compression ramp in an off-design operational mode. Experiments were performed in wind tunnel T-313 of ITAM SB RAS, with the model air inlet designed for operation at a flow of Mach number M = 2. The inlet was tested at M = 2, 2.5, and 3 and with Re = (25–36) × 106/m and an angle of attack AoA = 0°, 5°, and 8°. For the regulation of the inlet characteristics, a plasma generator with electrical power W pl = 2–10 kW was flush-mounted upstream of the compression ramp. A significant plasma effect on the shock configuration at the inlet and on the flow parameters after air compression is considered. It is shown that the main shock wave angle is controllable by means of the plasma power magnitude and, therefore, can be accurately adjusted to the cowl lip of an inlet with a fixed geometry. An additional plasma effect has been demonstrated through a notable increase in the pressure recovery coefficient in a flowpass extension behind the inlet because of an nearly isentropic pattern of flow compression with the plasma turned on. Numerical simulation brings out the details of 3D distribution of the flow structure and parameters throughout the model at thermal energy deposition in inlet near the compression surfaces. We conclude that the plasma-based technique may be a feasible method for expanding supersonic inlet operational limits.
PubDate: 2015-03-03

• Determination of real-time predictors of the wind turbine wake meandering
• Abstract: Abstract The present work proposes an experimental methodology to characterize the unsteady properties of a wind turbine wake, called meandering, and particularly its ability to follow the large-scale motions induced by large turbulent eddies contained in the approach flow. The measurements were made in an atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel. The wind turbine model is based on the actuator disc concept. One part of the work has been dedicated to the development of a methodology for horizontal wake tracking by mean of a transverse hot wire rake, whose dynamic response is adequate for spectral analysis. Spectral coherence analysis shows that the horizontal position of the wake correlates well with the upstream transverse velocity, especially for wavelength larger than three times the diameter of the disc but less so for smaller scales. Therefore, it is concluded that the wake is actually a rather passive tracer of the large surrounding turbulent structures. The influence of the rotor size and downstream distance on the wake meandering is studied. The fluctuations of the lateral force and the yawing torque affecting the wind turbine model are also measured and correlated with the wake meandering. Two approach flow configurations are then tested: an undisturbed incoming flow (modelled atmospheric boundary layer) and a disturbed incoming flow, with a wind turbine model located upstream. Results showed that the meandering process is amplified by the presence of the upstream wake. It is shown that the coherence between the lateral force fluctuations and the horizontal wake position is significant up to length scales larger than twice the wind turbine model diameter. This leads to the conclusion that the lateral force is a better candidate than the upstream transverse velocity to predict in real time the meandering process, for either undisturbed (wake free) or disturbed incoming atmospheric flows.
PubDate: 2015-03-03

• Visualization of dynamic boiling processes using high-speed optical
coherence tomography
• Abstract: Abstract Investigating microscale nucleate boiling processes with high heat flux requires experimental visualization and quantification with high spatial resolution in the micrometer range as well as a sufficient temporal resolution. Numerous measurement techniques are employed for providing comprehensive experimental data on microscale boiling processes and other multiphase flows. In this context, optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been introduced recently for the visualization of quasistatic growing vapor bubbles in turbid fluids with a high spatial resolution. Since OCT detects backscattered light, only one optical access is necessary and OCT is feasible for measurements in turbid media, where other imaging techniques fail. Within this study, a high-speed OCT system is utilized for visualizing dynamic nucleate boiling processes at a heated surface with a frame rate of about 234 Hz. The bubble contour is extracted out of the OCT images using segmentation and tracking algorithm, which provide bubble contours and the course of the bubble area for individual vapor bubbles over time. Additionally, high-speed Doppler OCT imaging is presented revealing the velocity component of the fluid in beam direction up to 30 mm/s unambiguously. The present proof of principle study suggests high-speed OCT imaging as a promising and alternative technique for the simultaneous measurement of bubble geometries and fluid velocities in dynamic processes with a high spatial resolution of 16 µm. Due to the ongoing development and availability of ultra high-speed OCT systems, the perspective temporal resolution will be comparable to the frame rates provided by presently established techniques, such as particle image velocimetry or high-speed camera imaging.
PubDate: 2015-02-28

• Vortex-enhanced mixing through active and passive flow control methods
• Abstract: Abstract This study aims to understand the underlying physics of vortex-enhanced mixing through active and passive flow control methods. To find a best flow control method that enhances turbulent mixing through the generation of streamwise vortices, an experimental investigation was carried out to compare active and passive flow control methods of an incompressible axisymmetric jet. For active flow control, the lip of the circular jet was equipped with a single small flap deflected away from the jet stream at an angle of 30° to the jet axis. The flap incorporated a flow control slot through which steady and oscillatory suction were implemented. The active flow control methods require power input to the suction devices. For passive flow control, the lip of the circular jet was equipped with a single small delta tab deflected into the jet stream at an angle of 30° to the jet axis. The chord lengths of the flap and delta tab were one-sixth of the jet diameter. The momentum of jet increased in the case of active flow control by entraining the ambient fluid, whereas momentum decreased in the case of passive flow control. The effect of steady suction saturated for volumetric suction coefficient values greater than 0.82 %. The strength of streamwise vortices generated by the flap were greater than those generated by the delta tab. Steady suction produced positive pressures just downstream of the flow control slot in the central portion of the flap and negative pressures at the flap edges. Oscillatory suction was highly dependent on dimensionless frequency (F +) based on the distance from the flow control slot to the flap trailing edge; the pressures on the central portion of the flap increased for F + ≤ 0.11 and then decreased for greater F +; finally attained negative pressures at F + = 0.44. The increase in jet momentum and turbulence intensity, combined with the induced streamwise vorticity, makes steady suction a potential concept for increasing propulsion efficiency through vortex-enhanced mixing. The flow control methods modify the jet flow, which in turn would alter the jet noise spectra.
PubDate: 2015-02-26

• An experimental and theoretical investigation of spray characteristics of
impinging jets in impact wave regime
• Abstract: Abstract The current study focuses on experimentally and theoretically improving the characterization of the drop size and drop velocity for like-on-like doublet impinging jets. The experimental measurements were made using phase Doppler anemometry (PDA) at jet Weber numbers We j corresponding to the impact wave regime of impinging jet atomization. A more suitable dynamic range was used for PDA measurements compared to the literature, resulting in more accurate experimental measurements for drop diameters and velocities. There is some disagreement in the literature regarding the ability of linear stability analysis to accurately predict drop diameters in the impact wave regime. This work seeks to provide some clarity. It was discovered that the assumed uniform jet velocity profile was a contributing factor for deviation between diameter predictions based on models in the literature and experimental measurements. Analytical expressions that depend on parameters based on the assumed jet velocity profile are presented in this work. Predictions based on the parabolic and 1/7th power law turbulent profiles were considered and show better agreement with the experimental measurements compared to predictions based on the previous models. Experimental mean drop velocity measurements were compared with predictions from a force balance analysis, and it was observed that the assumed jet velocity profile also influences the predicted velocities, with the turbulent profile agreeing best with the experimental mean velocity. It is concluded that the assumed jet velocity profile has a predominant effect on drop diameter and velocity predictions.
PubDate: 2015-02-20

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