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Acoustic Streaming and Heat and Mass Transfer EnhancementA second order effect associated with high intensity sound field, acoustic streaming has been historically investigated to gain a fundamental understanding of its controlling mechanisms and to apply it to practical aspects of heat and mass transfer enhancement. The objectives of this new research project are to utilize a unique experimental technique implementing ultrasonic standing waves in closed cavities to study the details of the generation of the steady-state convective streaming flows and of their interaction with the boundary of ultrasonically levitated near-spherical solid objects. The goals are to further extend the existing theoretical studies of streaming flows and sample interactions to higher streaming Reynolds number values, for larger sample size relative to the wavelength, and for a Prandtl and Nusselt numbers parameter range characteristic of both gaseous and liquid host media. Experimental studies will be conducted in support to the theoretical developments, and the crucial impact of microgravity will be to allow the neglect of natural thermal buoyancy. The direct application to heat and mass transfer in the absence of gravity will be emphasized in order to investigate a space-based experiment, but both existing and novel ground-based scientific and technological relevance will also be pursued.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Trinh, E. H. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Gopinath, A. (Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: Third Microgravity Fluid Physics Conference
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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