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An experimental study of cavity flow over a 2-D wall-mounted fence in a variable boundary layer


Barbaca, L and Pearce, BW and Brandner, PA, An experimental study of cavity flow over a 2-D wall-mounted fence in a variable boundary layer, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 105 pp. 234-249. ISSN 0301-9322 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2018.04.011


Ventilated and natural cavity flow over a 2-D wall-mounted fence immersed in a boundary layer is experimentally investigated in a cavitation tunnel. Cavity topology, upstream wall pressure distribution and the resulting hydrodynamic forces were determined as a function of ventilation rate, fence immersion in the oncoming boundary layer and free-stream conditions. Cavities exhibit a typical re-entrant jet behaviour, which is the primary mechanism of air/vapour entrainment into the main flow. Some entrainment is also observed via the turbulent break-up at the cavity surface, the intensity of which increases with deeper immersion of the fence within the wall boundary layer. A similar cavity topology, apart from some difference in the wake, is observed for ventilated and natural cavities at the same flow conditions. This similarity is also present in the relations between all other parameters investigated. It was found that with a decrease in cavitation number lift (i.e. force normal to the wall) increases and drag (i.e. force normal to the fence) decreases, resulting in an increased hydrodynamic efficiency of the wall/fence system. With an increase in fence immersion in the boundary layer, lift and drag both increase at the same rate, resulting in a constant lift-to-drag ratio.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cavitation, ventilation, wall-mounted fence, experiment
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Transport equipment
Objective Field:Nautical equipment
UTAS Author:Barbaca, L (Dr Luka Barbaca)
UTAS Author:Pearce, BW (Dr Bryce Pearce)
UTAS Author:Brandner, PA (Professor Paul Brandner)
ID Code:126851
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2018-06-28
Last Modified:2018-11-26

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