Flow Regulation Characteristics of Thin-Walled Compliant Tubes: Part II—Experimental Verification and Design of the Wave-Speed Flow Regulator

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Ifiyenia Kececioglu

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

J. Fluids Eng 112(3), 330-337 (Sep 01, 1990) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2909408 History: Received August 17, 1989; Online May 23, 2008


The theoretical foundation of the two different mechanisms of compliant-tube flow limitation when the flow is either friction dominated (frictional flow limitation for low-Reynolds-number flow) or inertia dominated (wave-speed flow limitation for high-Reynolds-number flow) was formulated in Part I [1] of this paper. In this part of the paper, the high-Reynolds-number wave-speed flow limitation behavior of compliant tubes is verified experimentally and applied to the design of a flow regulator employing a collapsible tube as its active element. Criteria for the design of an inertia-dominated compliant-tube flow regulator are established and checked against findings of experiments.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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