Flow Regulation Characteristics of Thin-Walled Compliant Tubes: Part I—Theoretical Analysis

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Ifiyenia Kececioglu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill. 60680

J. Fluids Eng 112(3), 319-329 (Sep 01, 1990) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2909407 History: Received August 17, 1989; Online May 23, 2008


The objective of this investigation is the study of the flow limitation behavior of thin-walled compliant tubes for the design of a flow regulator employing a collapsible tube as its active element. In this paper, the theoretical basis is set up for the high-Reynolds-number wave-speed flow regulation and the low-Reynolds-number frictional flow regulation behaviors of thin-walled compliant tubes. In Part II of this paper [1], experimental results and design criteria are provided in support of the analytically derived characteristic flow regulation curve for the wave-speed flow regulator.

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