The Buckling of a Vertical Liquid Column

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Shigeo Kimura, Adrian Bejan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo. 80309

J. Fluids Eng 105(4), 469-473 (Dec 01, 1983) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3241032 History: Received October 06, 1982; Online October 26, 2009


This paper documents the sinuous flow of a vertical water column which impinges on a horizontal surface. It is shown experimentally that the solid obstacle buckles the column into a plane sinuous (static) shape whose wavelength scales with the local column diameter. The measured ratio (buckling wavelength)/(column diameter) is of order π/2, in agreement with the buckling theory of inviscid flow.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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