A Method for the Construction of Flow Nozzles and Wind Tunnel Contraction Sections

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R. Eichhorn

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

T. S. Fox

The Institute of Paper Chemistry, Appleton, Wis.

J. Fluids Eng 99(4), 772-774 (Dec 01, 1977) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448904 History: Received September 12, 1977; Online October 12, 2010


A method is described for forming a flow nozzle whose cross section varies smoothly from one shape to another. The flow passage consists of fiber glass cloth saturated with epoxy resin cast in place about an elastic water filled rubber diaphragm. An example of such a nozzle, with a circular inlet section and a rectangular exit section was constructed and incorporated in a wind-tunnel design. The flow distribution, excluding the exit boundary layer, is uniform to within 0.5 percent. The exit boundary layer is laminar and steady and the discharge coefficient is 0.989.

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