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Utilizing "bills" for drag reduction below transition on spherical bodies

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1989
Summary:
Russian experimenters Kozlov and Leonenko have reported substantial drag reduction on a sphere using a "bill" or "spike" extending from the body upstream into the flow. A systematic series of experiments was conducted to determine the extent of the reduction and to identify the parameters of the reported drag reduction effect. The tests were performed in the Florida Atlantic University Ocean Engineering Department's Aerolab wind tunnel. A sphere was fitted with tapering bills of various lengths, base diameters, and bill/sphere fillet radii. Experiments indicated that the effect was restricted to Reynolds numbers below 4.0 x 10^5 and that the drag of the sphere/spike combination was actually increased at Reynolds numbers greater than this. A smoke generator was used to visualize the drag reduction mechanism, which appears to be a recirculating cell at the base of the sphere/spike intersection.
Title: Utilizing "bills" for drag reduction below transition on spherical bodies.
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Name(s): Adamson, James Edward.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Tennant, Jeffrey S., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1989
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 64 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Russian experimenters Kozlov and Leonenko have reported substantial drag reduction on a sphere using a "bill" or "spike" extending from the body upstream into the flow. A systematic series of experiments was conducted to determine the extent of the reduction and to identify the parameters of the reported drag reduction effect. The tests were performed in the Florida Atlantic University Ocean Engineering Department's Aerolab wind tunnel. A sphere was fitted with tapering bills of various lengths, base diameters, and bill/sphere fillet radii. Experiments indicated that the effect was restricted to Reynolds numbers below 4.0 x 10^5 and that the drag of the sphere/spike combination was actually increased at Reynolds numbers greater than this. A smoke generator was used to visualize the drag reduction mechanism, which appears to be a recirculating cell at the base of the sphere/spike intersection.
Identifier: 14514 (digitool), FADT14514 (IID), fau:11312 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.E.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1989.
Subject(s): Drag (Aerodynamics)
Wind tunnel models
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