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Dynamical behavior of surface tension on rotating fluids in low and microgravity environmentsConsideration is given to the time-dependent evolutions of the free surface profile (bubble shapes) of a cylindrical container, partially filled with a Newtonian fluid of constant density, rotating about its axis of symmetry in low and microgravity environments. The dynamics of the bubble shapes are calculated for four cases: linear time-dependent functions of spin-up and spin-down in low and microgravity, linear time-dependent functions of increasing and decreasing gravity at high and low rotating cylinder speeds, time-dependent step functions of spin-up and spin-down in low gravity, and sinusoidal function oscillation of the gravity environment in high and low rotating cylinder speeds. It is shown that the computer algorithms developed by Hung et al. (1988) may be used to simulate the profile of time-dependent bubble shapes under variations of centrifugal, capillary, and gravity forces.
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Hung, R. J.
(Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Tsao, Y. D.
(Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Hong, B. B.
(Alabama, University Huntsville, United States)
Leslie, F. W.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
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August 14, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1989
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Publication: Applied Microgravity Technology
Volume: 2
ISSN: 0931-9530
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics And Heat Transfer
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