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Flow at Ultra-High Reynolds and Rayleigh Numbers

A Status Report

  • Russell J. Donnelly
  • Katepalli R. Sreenivasan
  • Explores a wide range of issues: fundamental studies of the turbulence problem, practical applications of turbulence, superfluid turbulence, cryogenic facilities and capabilities to support the demands of cryogenic turbulence research, and new types of miniature flow instrumentation, all of which are crucial for high Reynolds number research * Offers a state-of-the-art assessment of the use of helium flows for turbulence research at very high Reynolds and Rayleigh numbers, and for testing navy and aerospace models under realistic parameter ranges * Intended for physicists interested in fluid dynamics, mechanical engineers interested in turbulent flows and transport, and

  • naval and naval and aerospace engineeers


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

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Flow at Ultra-High Reynolds and Rayleigh Numbers
  • Book Subtitle A Status Report
  • Editors Russell J. Donnelly
    Katepalli R. Streenivasan
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-98544-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-7464-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-2230-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 466
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Fluid- and Aerodynamics
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