Experimental Measurement of the Magnus Force on a Rotating Sphere at Low Reynolds Numbers

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Yutaka Tsuji, Yoshinobu Morikawa, Osamu Mizuno

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, 565 Japan

J. Fluids Eng 107(4), 484-488 (Dec 01, 1985) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3242517 History: Received September 29, 1984; Online October 26, 2009


The Magnus force on a rotating sphere at low Reynolds numbers was obtained from trajectories of the sphere which impinged on an inclined plate and bounced. An empirical expression for the lift coefficient which is proportional to the angular velocity was deduced by comparing measurements of the range of flight with the solutions of the equation of motion.

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