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Unsteady Rotating Flow in a Cylinder With a Free Surface

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H. Goller

Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

T. Ranov

Department of Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N. Y.

J. Basic Eng 90(4), 445-452 (Dec 01, 1968) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3605159 History: Received January 30, 1968; Online November 03, 2011

Abstract

The investigation deals with the “spin-up” of the liquid partially filling a right circular cylinder which is impulsively accelerated from rest to a constant angular velocity. By application of certain simplifying assumptions, a simplification of the Navier-Stokes equations is obtained and numerically solved, obtaining the unsteady angular velocity distribution of the liquid and the configuration of the liquid’s free surface, as it approaches, asymptotically with time, a paraboloid. The simplifying assumptions are qualitatively verified by experiment. Measurement of the theoretically predicted free-surface configuration is obtained by an electrohydraulic servosystem designed and developed for the problem. Good agreement between experiment and theory is obtained.

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