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Geometry of thin liquid sheet flowsIncompresible, thin sheet flows have been of research interest for many years. Those studies were mainly concerned with the stability of the flow in a surrounding gas. Squire was the first to carry out a linear, invicid stability analysis of sheet flow in air and compare the results with experiment. Dombrowski and Fraser did an experimental study of the disintegration of sheet flows using several viscous liquids. They also detected the formulation of holes in their sheet flows. Hagerty and Shea carried out an inviscid stability analysis and calculated growth rates with experimental values. They compared their calculated growth rates with experimental values. Taylor studied extensively the stability of thin liquid sheets both theoretically and experimentally. He showed that thin sheets in a vacuum are stable. Brown experimentally investigated thin liquid sheet flows as a method of application of thin films. Clark and Dumbrowski carried out second-order stability analysis for invicid sheet flows. Lin introduced viscosity into the linear stability analysis of thin sheet flows in a vacuum. Mansour and Chigier conducted an experimental study of the breakup of a sheet flow surrounded by high-speed air. Lin et al. did a linear stability analysis that included viscosity and a surrounding gas. Rangel and Sirignano carried out both a linear and nonlinear invisid stability analysis that applies for any density ratio between the sheet liquid and the surrounding gas. Now there is renewed interest in sheet flows because of their possible application as low mass radiating surfaces. The objective of this study is to investigate the fluid dynamics of sheet flows that are of interest for a space radiator system. Analytical expressions that govern the sheet geometry are compared with experimental results. Since a space radiator will operate in a vacuum, the analysis does not include any drag force on the sheet flow.
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Chubb, Donald L.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Calfo, Frederick D.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Mcconley, Marc W.
(Princeton University Princeton, NJ, United States)
Mcmaster, Matthew S.
(University of Toledo, Toledo, OH United States)
Afjeh, Abdollah A.
(University of Toledo, Toledo, OH United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: AIAA Journal
Volume: 32
Issue: 6
ISSN: 0001-1452
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics And Heat Transfer
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