Flow at Ultra-High Reynolds and Rayleigh Numbers

A Status Report

  • Russell J. Donnelly
  • Katepalli R. Sreenivasan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Hans H. Quack
    Pages 52-65
  3. Robert A. Kilgore
    Pages 66-80
  4. Steven W. Van Sciver, Michael R. Smith
    Pages 184-199
  5. Mark V. Zagarola, Alexander J. Smits
    Pages 200-205
  6. Chris J. Swanson, Russell J. Donnelly
    Pages 206-222
  7. T. Segawa, M. Sano, A. Naert, J. A. Glazier
    Pages 247-257
  8. Penger Tong, Ke-Qing Xia
    Pages 258-285
  9. Boris I. Shraiman, Eric D. Siggia
    Pages 312-314
  10. J. H. Sondericker
    Pages 315-322
  11. B. Castaing, B. Chabaud, X. Chanal, J. Chaussy, X. Chavanne, F. Chillà et al.
    Pages 336-344
  12. F. Belin, J. Maurer, P. Tabeling, H. Willaime
    Pages 345-357
  13. Nigel Goldenfeld
    Pages 373-374
  14. Zhen-Su She
    Pages 391-402
  15. David C. Samuels
    Pages 403-411
  16. Vladimir Zakharov
    Pages 412-418
  17. Steven R. Stalp, Russell J. Donnelly
    Pages 419-435
  18. Adam L. Woodcraft, Peter G. J. Lucas, Richard G. Matley, William Y. T. Wong
    Pages 436-449

About this book


Because of their extremely low viscosity, liquid helium and ultra-cold helium gas provide ideal media for fundamental studies of fluid flow and turbulence at extremely high Reynolds numbers. Such flows occur in aerospace applications (satellite reentry) and other extreme conditions, where they are difficult to study. A cryogenic-helium wind tunnel would allow one to model these flows in a laboratory at much more benign conditions. Such studies have not been feasible because, using these fluids in a wind tunnel requires more liquid helium than has readily been available. However, the capacity of the refrigerators installed at several physics laboratories that supply liquid helium for particle accelerators (such as the one intended for the SSC in Texas or the one at Brookhaven National Laboratory) is so great that some of the liquid helium or the ultra-cold helium gas may also be used for fluid dynamics studies. The chapters in this book survey the challenges and prospects for research on fluid flows at high Reynolds and Rayleigh numbers using cryogenic helium. They cover a wide range of topics: from refrigeration and instrumentation to theories of superfluid turbulence. The chapters are largely based on contributions to a workshop held at Brookhaven, but these have all been brought up to the state of the art in late 1997; in addition, several chapters contain entirely new material. This book will be of interest to physicist interested in fluid dynamics, mechanical engineers interested in turbulent flows and transport, and naval and aerospace engineers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Russell J. Donnelly
    • 1
  • Katepalli R. Sreenivasan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  2. 2.Department of Enginnering and Applied SciencesYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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