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Geophysical fluid dynamicsSystematic scaling or dimensional analysis reveals that certain scales of geophysical fluid flows (such as stellar, ocean, and planetary atmosphere circulations) can be accurately modeled in the laboratory using a procedure which differs from conventional engineering modeling. Rather than building a model to obtain numbers for a specific design problem, the relative effects of the significant forces are systematically varied in an attempt to deepen understanding of the effects of these forces. Topics covered include: (1) modeling a large-scale planetary atmospheric flow in a rotating cylindrical annulus; (2) achieving a radial dielectric body force; (3) spherical geophysical fluid dynamics experiments for Spacelab flights; (4) measuring flow and temperature; and (5) the possible effect of rotational or precessional disturbances on the flow in the rotating spherical containers.
Document ID
19820004239
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Fowlis, W. W. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1981
Publication Information
Publication: Spacecraft Dyn. as Related to Lab. Expt. in Space
Subject Category
FLUID MECHANICS AND HEAT TRANSFER
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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