An Investigation of Cloud Cavitation about a Sphere

Brandner, P. A., Walker, G.J., Niekamp, P. N. and Anderson, B. (2007). An Investigation of Cloud Cavitation about a Sphere. In: Peter Jacobs, Tim McIntyre, Matthew Cleary, David Buttsworth, David Mee, Rose Clements, Richard Morgan and Charles Lemckert, 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC). 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC), Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, (1392-1398). 3-7 December, 2007.

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Author Brandner, P. A.
Walker, G.J.
Niekamp, P. N.
Anderson, B.
Title of paper An Investigation of Cloud Cavitation about a Sphere
Conference name 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC)
Conference location Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Conference dates 3-7 December, 2007
Proceedings title 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC)
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher School of Engineering, The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 978-1-864998-94-8
Editor Peter Jacobs
Tim McIntyre
Matthew Cleary
David Buttsworth
David Mee
Rose Clements
Richard Morgan
Charles Lemckert
Start page 1392
End page 1398
Total pages 7
Collection year 2007
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Cloud cavitation occurrence about a sphere is investigated in a variable pressure water tunnel using still and high-speed photography. The model sphere, 0.15 m in diameter, was sting mounted within a 0.6 m square test section and tested at a constant Reynolds number of 1.5 x 106 with cavitation numbers varying between 0.36 and 1.0. High-speed photographic recordings were made at 6 kHz for several cavitation numbers. Shedding phenomena and frequency content is investigated by means of pixel intensity time series data using wavelet analysis. The boundary layer at cavity separation is shown to be laminar for all cavitation numbers, with Kelvin-Helmholtz instability the main mechanism for cavity break up and cloud formation at high cavitation numbers. At intermediate cavitation numbers, cavity lengths allow the development of re-entrant jet phenomena providing a mechanism for shedding of large scale Karman-type vortices similar to those for low mode shedding in single-phase subcritical flow. This shedding mode is eliminated at low cavitation numbers with the onset of supercavitation.
Subjects 291200 Maritime Engineering
290501 Mechanical Engineering
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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