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  1. Center of buoyancy definition

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    The center of buoyancy of an arbitrary shaped body is defined in analogy to the center of gravity. The definitions of the buoyant force and center of buoyancy in terms of integrals over the area of the body are converted to volume integrals and shown to have simple intuitive interpretations

  2. Buoyancy organic Rankine cycle

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    Schoenmaker, J.; Rey, J.F.Q. [Centro de Engenharia, Modelagem e Ciencias Sociais Aplicadas, Universidade Federal do ABC (CECS-UFABC), Rua Santa Adelia 166, Bairro Bangu, 09210-170 Santo Andre, SP (Brazil); Pirota, K.R. [Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), C.P. 6165, Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2011-03-15

    In the scope of renewable energy, we draw attention to a little known technique to harness solar and geothermal energy. The design here proposed and analyzed is a conceptual hybrid of several patents. By means of a modified organic Rankine cycle, energy is obtained utilizing buoyancy force of a working fluid. Based on thermodynamic properties we propose and compare the performance of Pentane and Dichloromethane as working fluids. Theoretical efficiencies up to 0.26 are estimated for a 51 m (Pentane) and 71.5 m (Dichloromethane) high column of water in a regime below 100 C operation temperature. These findings are especially relevant in the scope of distributed energy systems, combined cycle plants, and low-temperature Rankine cycles. (author)

  3. Buoyancy effects on smoldering combustion

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    Dosanjh, S.; Peterson, J.; Fernandez-Pello, A. C.; Pagni, P. J.

    1985-01-01

    The effect of buoyancy on the rate of spread of a concurrent smolder reaction through a porous combustible material is investigated theoretically and experimentally. In the experiments, buoyant forces are controlled by varying the density difference, and the smolder rate spread through porous alpha cellulose (0.83 void fraction) is measured as a function of the ambient air pressure. The smolder velocity is found to increase with the ambient pressure; extinction occurs when the buoyancy forces cannot overcome the drag forces, indicating that diffusion by itself cannot support the spread of a smolder reaction. Theoretical predictions are found to be in good qualitative agreement with the experimental results.

  4. Wave Dragon Buoyancy Regulation Study

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    Jakobsen, Jens; Kofoed, Jens Peter

    Wave Dragon is a wave energy converter, which was deployed offshore at Nissum Bredning in Denmark in 2003. The experience gained from operating Wave Dragon during 2003 and 2004 has shown that the buoyancy regulation system can be improved in a number of ways. This study describes the current...... situation, and proposes a number of activities in order to improve the buoyancy regulation system. This work was performed under EU ENERGIE contract no. ENK5-CT-2002-00603, and is a contribution to WP 2.3/2.4 and D40/D41....

  5. Buoyancy Waves in Earth's Magnetosphere

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    Wolf, Richard Alan; Moore Schutza, Aaron; Rocco Toffoletto, Frank

    2015-04-01

    Thin-filament simulations raised the possibility that underpopulated flux tubes moving earthward through the plasma sheet from the distant plasma sheet might oscillate a few times before coming to rest near the inner edge. Such oscillations, called braking or interchange oscillations, have been observed, and their periods agree fairly well with the predictions of the thin-filament model. However, the thin-filament model assumes a highly idealized geometry and so does not provide a fully adequate theory of the oscillations. This paper addresses two questions: (1) How do the thin-filament oscillations relate to linear eigenmodes of the magnetosphere? (2) What do the corresponding eigenfunctions look like? We investigate those questions by focusing on a simple wedge-shaped plasma configuration with circular field lines that resembles the Earth’s magnetosphere in that it exhibits interchange oscillations in the thin filament approximation. However, the wedge configuration is also simple enough that linear eigenfunctions can easily be calculated. If we consider wavelengths smaller than the scale length for spatial variations in the wedge and frequencies far below the fast-mode speed, the resulting wave equation has exactly the form of an equation for buoyancy oscillation of the neutral atmosphere. The frequency of the thin-filament oscillation appears in the wave equation in exactly the way that the buoyancy frequency ωb (also known as the Brunt-Väisälä frequency) appears in the neutral-atmosphere equation. As in the neutral-atmosphere case, the magnetospheric buoyancy wave of frequency ω propagates through the region where the buoyancy frequency exceeds ω, but is evanescent in the region where the buoyancy frequency is less than ω.

  6. Buoyancy instability of homologous implosions

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    Johnson, Bryan M

    2015-01-01

    I consider the hydrodynamic stability of imploding gases as a model for inertial confinement fusion capsules, sonoluminescent bubbles and the gravitational collapse of astrophysical gases. For oblate modes under a homologous flow, a monatomic gas is governed by the Schwarzschild criterion for buoyant stability. Under buoyantly unstable conditions, fluctuations experience power-law growth in time, with a growth rate that depends upon mean flow gradients and is independent of mode number. If the flow accelerates throughout the implosion, oblate modes amplify by a factor (2C)^(|N0| ti)$, where C is the convergence ratio of the implosion, N0 is the initial buoyancy frequency and ti is the implosion time scale. If, instead, the implosion consists of a coasting phase followed by stagnation, oblate modes amplify by a factor exp(pi |N0| ts), where N0 is the buoyancy frequency at stagnation and ts is the stagnation time scale. Even under stable conditions, vorticity fluctuations grow due to the conservation of angular...

  7. 14 CFR 29.755 - Hull buoyancy.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Hull buoyancy. 29.755 Section 29.755 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY ROTORCRAFT Design and Construction Floats and Hulls § 29.755 Hull buoyancy. Water-based and amphibian rotorcraft....

  8. Short wavelength magnetic buoyancy instability

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    Mizerski, K A; Hughes, D W

    2013-01-01

    Magnetic buoyancy instability plays an important role in the evolution of astrophysical magnetic fields. Here we revisit the problem introduced by \\citet{Gilman_1970} of the short wavelength linear stability of a plane layer of compressible isothermal fluid permeated by a horizontal magnetic field of strength decreasing with height. Dissipation of momentum and magnetic field is neglected. By the use of a Rayleigh-Schr\\"odinger perturbation analysis, we explain in detail the limit in which the transverse horizontal wavenumber of the perturbation, denoted by $k$, is large (i.e.\\ short horizontal wavelength) and show that the fastest growing perturbations become localized in the vertical direction as $k$ is increased. The growth rates are determined by a function of the vertical coordinate $z$ since, in the large $k$ limit, the eigenmodes are strongly localized in the vertical direction. We consider in detail the case of two-dimensional perturbations varying in the directions perpendicular to the magnetic field,...

  9. Buoyancy effects of a growing, isolated dendrite

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    Canright, D.; Davis, S. H.

    1991-01-01

    The buoyancy effect of a growing isolated dendrite on the solidification process in the undercooling liquid material was investigated by developing an analytic solution to the growth/convection problem in powers of a buoyancy parameter G. The solution depends on the Prandtl number P and the Stefan number S (undercooling) for the local velocity and thermal fields and also the buoyant alteration of the interface shape. Results suggest that buoyancy effect for metals (low P) may be qualitatively different from that for organics (high P).

  10. Surfactants for Bubble Removal against Buoyancy

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    Md. Qaisar Raza; Nirbhay Kumar; Rishi Raj

    2016-01-01

    The common phenomenon of buoyancy-induced vapor bubble lift-off from a heated surface is of importance to many areas of science and technology. In the absence of buoyancy in zero gravity of space, non-departing bubbles coalesce to form a big dry patch on the heated surface and heat transfer deteriorates despite the high latent heat of vaporization of water. The situation is worse on an inverted heater in earth gravity where both buoyancy and surface tension act upwards to oppose bubble remova...

  11. Buoyancy instability of homologous implosions

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    Johnson, Bryan

    2015-11-01

    Hot spot turbulence is a potential contributor to yield degradation in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsules, although its origin, if present, remains unclear. In this work, a perturbation analysis is performed of an analytical homologous solution that mimics the hot spot and surrounding cold fuel during the late stages of an ICF implosion. It is shown that the flow is governed by the Schwarzschild criterion for buoyant stability, and that during stagnation, short wavelength entropy and vorticity fluctuations amplify by a factor exp (π |N0 | ts) , where N0 is the buoyancy frequency at stagnation and ts is the stagnation time scale. This amplification factor is exponentially sensitive to mean flow gradients and varies from 103-107 for realistic gradients. Comparisons are made with a Lagrangian hydrodynamics code, and it is found that a numerical resolution of ~ 30 zones per wavelength is required to capture the evolution of vorticity accurately. This translates to an angular resolution of ~(12 / l) ∘ , or ~ 0 .1° to resolve the fastest growing modes (Legendre mode l > 100).

  12. The island wind–buoyancy connection

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    De Boer, Agatha M.; Nof, Doron

    2005-01-01

    A variety of recent studies have suggested that the meridional overturning circulation (MOC) is at least partially controlled by the Southern Ocean (SO) winds. The paradoxical implication is that a link exists between the global surface buoyancy flux to the ocean (which is needed for the density transformation between surface and deep water) and the SO winds. Although the dependency of buoyancy forcing on local wind is obvious, the global forcings are usually viewed independently with regard ...

  13. Energy Spectrum of Buoyancy-driven Turbulence

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    Verma, Mahendra K; Chatterjee, Anando G

    2014-01-01

    Using direct numerical simulation we demonstrate that stably stratified flows with large Richardson number follow Bolgiano-Obukhov scaling, i.e, the kinetic energy spectrum $E_u(k) \\sim k^{-11/5}$, the entropy spectrum $E_\\theta(k) \\sim k^{-7/5}$, and kinetic energy flux $\\Pi_u(k) \\sim k^{-4/5}$. This is due to the conversion of kinetic energy to potential energy because of buoyancy. We also demonstrate that $E_u(k) \\sim k^{-5/3}$ for stratified flow with weaker buoyancy or smaller Richardson number. We argue that due to the positive energy supply by buoyancy and non-decreasing $\\Pi_u(k)$, Rayleigh B\\'{e}nard convection should follow Kolmogorov-Obukhov scaling ($E_u(k) \\sim k^{-5/3}$).

  14. Energy spectrum of Buoyancy-driven Flows

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    Kumar, Abhishek; Verma, Mahendra K

    2014-01-01

    Using high-resolution direct numerical simulation and arguments based on the kinetic energy flux $\\Pi_u$, we demonstrate that for stably stratified flows, the kinetic energy spectrum $E_u(k) \\sim k^{-11/5}$, the entropy spectrum $E_\\theta(k) \\sim k^{-7/5}$, and $\\Pi_u(k) \\sim k^{-4/5}$ (Bolgiano-Obukhov scaling). This scaling is due to the depletion of kinetic energy because of buoyancy. For weaker buoyancy in stratified flows, $E_u(k)$ follows Kolmgorov's spectrum with a constant energy flux. We also argue that for Rayleigh B\\'{e}nard convection, the Bolgiano-Obukhov scaling will not hold for the bulk flow due to the positive energy supply by buoyancy and non-decreasing $\\Pi_u(k)$.

  15. A buoyancy profile for the Earth's core

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    Davies, C. J.; Gubbins, D.

    2011-11-01

    We investigate the thermal and chemical buoyancy forces that drive convection in the Earth's liquid outer core and derive a radial buoyancy profile that can be used in geodynamo models. We assume the core is well mixed, adiabatic and cools as a result of mantle convection. The buoyancy profile is developed for a Boussinesq fluid and incorporates secular cooling, latent heat release at the inner core boundary, radiogenic heating, the effect of the adiabat, and compositional buoyancy due to inner core freezing. Surprisingly, these complex effects can be modelled accurately by a simple combination of bottom heating and near-uniform heat sinks, which is implemented using a cotemperature formulation that converts compositional effects into effective thermal effects. The relative importance of internal and bottom heating is then defined by just two parameters, the cooling rate at the core-mantle boundary (CMB) and the uniform rate of internal radiogenic heat production, both of which can be obtained from core evolution calculations. We vary these parameters in geodynamo models and compare basic features of the generated fields with the geomagnetic field; in this manner we link core evolution models, geodynamo simulations and geomagnetic observations. We consider three end-member scenarios for core evolution: (1) rapid cooling and a young inner core; (2) moderate cooling and neutral stability at the CMB; (3) slow cooling and enough radiogenic heating to allow the inner core to be 3.5 Gyr old. We find that compositional buoyancy dominates thermal buoyancy everywhere except near the CMB, even with large amounts of radiogenic heating, and buoyancy forces are far larger at depth than higher up. Reducing the cooling rate and increasing radiogenic heating reduces the drop in the superadiabatic gradient between the inner and outer boundaries: for rapid cooling the drop is by a factor 50; for slow cooling it is a factor of 5. We demonstrate the effects of these different buoyancy

  16. Energy Spectrum of Buoyancy-Driven Turbulence

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    Kumar, Abhishek; Chatterjee, Anando G.; Verma, Mahendra K.

    2014-01-01

    Using high-resolution direct numerical simulation and arguments based on the kinetic energy flux $\\Pi_u$, we demonstrate that for stably stratified flows, the kinetic energy spectrum $E_u(k) \\sim k^{-11/5}$, the entropy spectrum $E_\\theta(k) \\sim k^{-7/5}$, and $\\Pi_u(k) \\sim k^{-4/5}$, consistent with the Bolgiano-Obukhov scaling. This scaling arises due to the conversion of kinetic energy to the potential energy by buoyancy. For weaker buoyancy, this conversion is weak, hence $E_u(k)$ follo...

  17. Exploring Titan with Autonomous, Buoyancy Driven Gliders

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    Morrow, M. T.; Woolsey, C. A.; Hagerman, G. M.

    Buoyancy driven underwater gliders are highly efficient winged underwater vehicles which locomote by modifying their internal shape. The concept, which is already well-proven in Earth's oceans, is also an appealing technology for remote terrain exploration and environmental sampling on worlds with dense atmospheres. Because of their high efficiency and their gentle, vertical take-off and landing capability, buoyancy driven gliders might perform long duration, global mapping tasks as well as light-duty, local sampling tasks. Moreover, a sufficiently strong gradient in the planetary boundary layer may enable the vehicles to perform dynamic soaring, achieving even greater locomotive efficiency. Shape Change Actuated, Low Altitude Robotic Soarers (SCALARS) are an appealing alternative to more conventional vehicle technology for exploring planets with dense atmospheres. SCALARS are buoyancy driven atmospheric gliders with a twin-hulled, inboard wing configuration. The inboard wing generates lift, which propels the vehicle forward. Symmetric changes in mass distribution induce gravitational pitch moments that provide longitudinal control. Asymmetric changes in mass distribution induce twist in the inboard wing that provides directional control. The vehicle is actuated solely by internal shape change; there are no external seals and no exposed moving parts, save for the inflatable buoyancy ballonets. Preliminary sizing analysis and dynamic modeling indicate the viability of using SCALARS to map the surface of Titan and to investigate features of interest.

  18. Buoyancy Driven Natural Ventilation through Horizontal Openings

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    Heiselberg, Per; Li, Zhigang

    2009-01-01

    An experimental study of the phenomenon of buoyancy driven natural ventilation through single-sided horizontal openings was performed in a full-scale laboratory test rig. The measurements were made for opening ratios L/D ranging from 0.027 to 4.455, where L and D are the length of the opening and...

  19. Surfactants for Bubble Removal against Buoyancy.

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    Raza, Md Qaisar; Kumar, Nirbhay; Raj, Rishi

    2016-01-01

    The common phenomenon of buoyancy-induced vapor bubble lift-off from a heated surface is of importance to many areas of science and technology. In the absence of buoyancy in zero gravity of space, non-departing bubbles coalesce to form a big dry patch on the heated surface and heat transfer deteriorates despite the high latent heat of vaporization of water. The situation is worse on an inverted heater in earth gravity where both buoyancy and surface tension act upwards to oppose bubble removal. Here we report a robust passive technique which uses surfactants found in common soaps and detergents to avoid coalescence and remove bubbles downwards, away from an inverted heater. A force balance model is developed to demonstrate that the force of repulsion resulting from the interaction of surfactants adsorbed at the neighboring liquid-vapor interfaces of the thin liquid film contained between bubbles is strong enough to overcome buoyancy and surface tension. Bubble removal frequencies in excess of ten Hz resulted in more than twofold enhancement in heat transfer in comparison to pure water. We believe that this novel bubble removal mechanism opens up opportunities for designing boiling-based systems for space applications. PMID:26743179

  20. Surfactants for Bubble Removal against Buoyancy

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    Raza, Md. Qaisar; Kumar, Nirbhay; Raj, Rishi

    2016-01-01

    The common phenomenon of buoyancy-induced vapor bubble lift-off from a heated surface is of importance to many areas of science and technology. In the absence of buoyancy in zero gravity of space, non-departing bubbles coalesce to form a big dry patch on the heated surface and heat transfer deteriorates despite the high latent heat of vaporization of water. The situation is worse on an inverted heater in earth gravity where both buoyancy and surface tension act upwards to oppose bubble removal. Here we report a robust passive technique which uses surfactants found in common soaps and detergents to avoid coalescence and remove bubbles downwards, away from an inverted heater. A force balance model is developed to demonstrate that the force of repulsion resulting from the interaction of surfactants adsorbed at the neighboring liquid-vapor interfaces of the thin liquid film contained between bubbles is strong enough to overcome buoyancy and surface tension. Bubble removal frequencies in excess of ten Hz resulted in more than twofold enhancement in heat transfer in comparison to pure water. We believe that this novel bubble removal mechanism opens up opportunities for designing boiling-based systems for space applications.

  1. Twisted magnetic structures emerging from buoyancy instabilities

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    Jouve, L; Proctor, M R E

    2012-01-01

    We here report calculations of magnetic buoyancy instabilities of a sheared magnetic layer where two separate zones are unstable. The idea is to study the possible generation of large-scale helical structures which could then rise through a stellar convection zone and emerge at the surface to create active regions. The calculations shown here are a follow-up of the work of Favier et al. (2012) where the instability developed in a weakly magnetized atmosphere, consisting of a uniform field oriented in a different direction from the unstable layer below. Here, the top layer representing the atmosphere is itself unstable to buoyancy instabilities and thus quickly creates a more complex magnetic configuration with which the layer below will interact. We also find in this case that the accumulation of magnetic tension between the two unstable layers favors the creation of large-scale helical structures.

  2. Twisted magnetic structures emerging from buoyancy instabilities

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    Jouve, L.; Silvers, L. J.; Proctor, M. R. E.

    2012-12-01

    We here report calculations of magnetic buoyancy instabilities of a sheared magnetic layer where two separate zones are unstable. The idea is to study the possible generation of large-scale helical structures which could then rise through a stellar convection zone and emerge at the surface to create active regions. The calculations shown here are a follow-up of the work of Favier et al. (2012) where the instability developed in a weakly magnetized atmosphere, consisting of a uniform field oriented in a different direction from the unstable layer below. Here, the top layer representing the atmosphere is itself unstable to buoyancy instabilities and thus quickly creates a more complex magnetic configuration with which the layer below will interact. We also find in this case that the accumulation of magnetic tension between the two unstable layers favors the creation of large-scale helical structures.

  3. Buoyancy Instabilities in Degenerate, Collisional, Magnetized Plasmas

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    Chang, P

    2009-01-01

    In low-collisionality plasmas, anisotropic heat conduction due to a magnetic field leads to buoyancy instabilities for any nonzero temperature gradient. We study analogous instabilities in degenerate {\\it collisional} plasmas, i.e., when the electron collision frequency is large compared to the electron cyclotron frequency. Although heat conduction is nearly isotropic in this limit, the small residual anisotropy ensures that collisional degenerate plasmas are also convectively unstable independent of the sign of the temperature gradient. We show that the range of wavelengths that are unstable is independent of the magnetic field strength, while the growth time increases with decreasing magnetic field strength. We discuss the application of these collisional buoyancy instabilities to white dwarfs and neutron stars. Magnetic tension and the low specific heat of a degenerate plasma significantly limit their effectiveness; the most promising venues for growth are in the liquid oceans of young, weakly magnetized n...

  4. Topology Optimization including Inequality Buoyancy Constraints

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    Picelli, R.; Dijk, R.; Vicente, W.M.; Pavanello, R.; Langelaar, M.; Van Keuen, A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents an evolutionary topology optimization method for applications in design of completely submerged buoyant devices with design-dependent fluid pressure loading. This type of structures aid rig installations and pipeline transportation in all water depths in offshore structural engineering. The proposed optimization method seeks the buoy design that presents higher stiffness, less material and a prescribed buoyancy effect. A hydrostatic fluid is used to simulate the underwater...

  5. The effect of buoyancy on opposed smoldering

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    Bar-Ilan, Amnon; Rein, Guillermo; Walther, David C; Fernandez-Pello, A. C; Torero, Jose L; Urban, David L.

    2004-01-01

    An experimental investigation on the effects of buoyancy on opposed-flow smolder is presented. Tests were conducted on cylindrical samples of open-cell, unretarded polyurethane foams at a range of ambient pressures using the Microgravity Smoldering Combustion (MSC) experimental apparatus. The samples were tested in the opposed configuration, in which the flow of oxidizer is induced in the opposite direction of the propagation of the Smolder front. These data were compared with opposed-forced-...

  6. Hydrodynamic buoyancy%水动浮力

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    陈振诚

    2012-01-01

    In nature, there exists the hydrostatic buoyancy and the hydrodynamic buoyancy practically. A body in static state under or on the water surface bears the hydrostatic buoyancy. Archimedes discovered that the quantitative value of the hydrostatic buoyancy equals the weight of the same volume water displaced by the said body. A moving body keeping an attack angle against the horizontal plane under or on the water surface would arouse the hydrodynamic buoyancy. Inferring from physical qualitative analysis, the hydrodynamic buoyancy is closely related with the physical factors of velocity, size, draft depth, attack angle of moving body, water density, and gravity acceleration embodying the action of gravity field to the fluid field. If the quantitative value of the hydrodynamic buoyancy is expressed by mathematical analytical expression, then it is the function of these physical factors. People hope to know the hydrodynamic buoyancy. Here we present a research into this problem, applying a new integral transform to solve the problem of the hydrodynamic buoyancy, and an analytical expression of the quantitative value of the hydrodynamic buoyancy has been acquired. The said expression generalizes the related physical factors of the moving body that contribute to the hydrodynamic buoyancy and the mutual-restricting relationship among these factors, which agrees with the physical qualitative analysis. Using a boat we designed by the result of this paper, the experiments in navigation show that the result of the theoretical calculation is in good agreement with the data acquired from practical measurements in the experiments. This proves that the researching result of this paper agrees with practice and has general significance. The said method may solve many problems in the design and production of hydrodynamic engineering. Finally in this paper, compared with our researching result, the forefather's approximate calculation formulae of the hydrodynamic buoyancy have been

  7. DNS of MHD turbulent flow with buoyancy

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    Liquid-metals as coolant material in fusion reactor have a significant role in the design of advanced reactors. The investigation of thermal behavior in the actual facility environment, such as in the case of low Pr number fluid flow, is needed with the buoyancy effect under a magnetic field. In the present study, a direct numerical simulation (DNS) for the low Pr number fluid flow of turbulent heat transfer with buoyancy effect has been carried out under a magnetic field. The values of Hartmann number Ha were 0, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128, and Prandtl number was 0.06. Grashof number was 4.8 x 106. The turbulent quantities such as the mean temperature, turbulent heat flux, and temperature variant were obtained by DNS. The Reynolds number for channel flow based on friction velocity, viscosity, and channel half width was set to be constant as Reτ=150. A uniform magnetic field was applied in a direction perpendicular to the wall of the channel. On the large Hartmann number, large-scale thermal convection by the effect of buoyancy can not be found at the whole region of the channel even if Grashof number is large, that is, the thermal transport is restricted by the effect of the magnetic field. (author)

  8. Energy spectrum of buoyancy-driven turbulence

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    Kumar, Abhishek

    2014-08-25

    Using high-resolution direct numerical simulation and arguments based on the kinetic energy flux Πu, we demonstrate that, for stably stratified flows, the kinetic energy spectrum Eu(k)∼k-11/5, the potential energy spectrum Eθ(k)∼k-7/5, and Πu(k)∼k-4/5 are consistent with the Bolgiano-Obukhov scaling. This scaling arises due to the conversion of kinetic energy to the potential energy by buoyancy. For weaker buoyancy, this conversion is weak, hence Eu(k) follows Kolmogorov\\'s spectrum with a constant energy flux. For Rayleigh-Bénard convection, we show that the energy supply rate by buoyancy is positive, which leads to an increasing Πu(k) with k, thus ruling out Bolgiano-Obukhov scaling for the convective turbulence. Our numerical results show that convective turbulence for unit Prandt number exhibits a constant Πu(k) and Eu(k)∼k-5/3 for a narrow band of wave numbers. © 2014 American Physical Society.

  9. Spontaneous chiral parity breaking by hydromagnetic buoyancy

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    Chatterjee, Piyali; Brandenburg, Axel; Rheinhardt, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    Evidence for a parity-breaking nature of the magnetic buoyancy instability in a stably stratified gas is reported. In the absence of rotation, no helicity is produced, but the non-helical state is found to be unstable to small helical perturbations during the development of the instability. The parity-breaking nature of an instability in magnetohydrodynamics appears to be the first of its kind and is similar to chiral symmetry breaking in biochemistry. Applications to the production of mean fields in galaxy clusters are being discussed.

  10. Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking by hydromagnetic buoyancy

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    Chatterjee, Piyali; Mitra, Dhrubaditya; Brandenburg, Axel; Rheinhardt, Matthias

    2011-08-01

    Evidence for the parity-breaking nature of the magnetic buoyancy instability in a stably stratified gas is reported. In the absence of rotation, no helicity is produced, but the nonhelical state is found to be unstable to small helical perturbations during the development of the instability. The parity-breaking nature of this magnetohydrodynamic instability appears to be the first of its kind and has properties similar to those in chiral symmetry breaking in biochemistry. Applications to the production of mean fields in galaxy clusters are discussed.

  11. Effects of Buoyancy on Langmuir Circulation

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    SONG Jun; SONG Jin-Bao

    2008-01-01

    Based on the Navier-Stokes equation,an equation describing the Langmuir circulation is derived by a perturbation method when the influences of Coriolis force and buoyancy force are both considered.The approach used in the analysis is similar to the works carried out by Craik and Leibovich[J.Fluid Mech.73 (1976)401],Leibovich [J.Fluid Mech.79 (1977) 715]and Huang[J.Fluid Mech.91 (1979) 191].Potential applications of the equation proposed are discussed in the area of Antarctic circumpolar current.

  12. The stability of protostellar disks with Hall effect and buoyancy

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    Urpin, V.; Rüdiger, G.

    2003-01-01

    The stability properties of inviscid protostellar disks are examined taking into account the Hall effect and buoyancy. Depending on the parameters, different types of instabilities can exist in different regions of disks. In a very low ionized region, the instability associated with baroclinic effects of buoyancy is likely most efficient. The Hall-driven shear instability can lead to destabilization of regions with a higher ionization. The magnetorotational instability modified by buoyancy ca...

  13. Skylab Astronauts' Neutral Buoyancy Simulator Training

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    1970-01-01

    After the end of the Apollo missions, NASA's next adventure into space was the marned spaceflight of Skylab. Using an S-IVB stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle, Skylab was a two-story orbiting laboratory, one floor being living quarters and the other a work room. The objectives of Skylab were to enrich our scientific knowledge of the Earth, the Sun, the stars, and cosmic space; to study the effects of weightlessness on living organisms, including man; to study the effects of the processing and manufacturing of materials utilizing the absence of gravity; and to conduct Earth resource observations. At the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), astronauts and engineers spent hundreds of hours in an MSFC Neutral Buoyancy Simulator (NBS) rehearsing procedures to be used during the Skylab mission, developing techniques, and detecting and correcting potential problems. The NBS was a 40-foot deep water tank that simulated the weightlessness environment of space. This photograph shows astronaut Ed Gibbon (a prime crew member of the Skylab-4 mission) during the neutral buoyancy Skylab extravehicular activity training at the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM) mockup. One of Skylab's major components, the ATM was the most powerful astronomical observatory ever put into orbit to date.

  14. On the buoyancy force and the metacentre

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    Mégel, Jacques

    2009-01-01

    We address the point of application A of the buoyancy force (also known as the Archimedes force) by using two different definitions of the point of application of a force, derived one from the work-energy relation and another one from the equation of motion. We present a quantitative approach to this issue based on the concept of the hydrostatic energy, considered for a general shape of the immersed cross-section of the floating body. We show that the location of A depends on the type of motion experienced by the body. In particular, in vertical translation, from the work-energy viewpoint, this point is fixed with respect to the centre of gravity G of the body. In contrast, in rolling/pitching motion there is duality in the location of A ; indeed, the work-energy relation implies A to be fixed with respect to the centre of buoyancy C, while from considerations involving the rotational moment it follows that A is located at the metacentre M. We obtain analytical expressions of the location of M for a general s...

  15. Buoyancy instabilities in degenerate, collisional, magnetized plasmas

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    Chang, Philip; Quataert, Eliot

    2010-03-01

    In low-collisionality plasmas, anisotropic heat conduction due to a magnetic field leads to buoyancy instabilities for any non-zero temperature gradient. We study analogous instabilities in degenerate collisional plasmas, i.e. when the electron collision frequency is large compared to the electron cyclotron frequency. Although heat conduction is nearly isotropic in this limit, the small residual anisotropy ensures that collisional degenerate plasmas are also convectively unstable independent of the sign of the temperature gradient. We show that the range of wavelengths that are unstable is independent of the magnetic field strength, while the growth time increases with decreasing magnetic field strength. We discuss the application of these collisional buoyancy instabilities to white dwarfs and neutron stars. Magnetic tension and the low specific heat of a degenerate plasma significantly limit their effectiveness; the most promising venues for growth are in the liquid oceans of young, weakly magnetized neutron stars (B <~ 109 G) and in the cores of young, high magnetic field white dwarfs (B ~ 109 G).

  16. Kimberlite ascent by assimilation-fuelled buoyancy.

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    Russell, James K; Porritt, Lucy A; Lavallée, Yan; Dingwell, Donald B

    2012-01-19

    Kimberlite magmas have the deepest origin of all terrestrial magmas and are exclusively associated with cratons. During ascent, they travel through about 150 kilometres of cratonic mantle lithosphere and entrain seemingly prohibitive loads (more than 25 per cent by volume) of mantle-derived xenoliths and xenocrysts (including diamond). Kimberlite magmas also reputedly have higher ascent rates than other xenolith-bearing magmas. Exsolution of dissolved volatiles (carbon dioxide and water) is thought to be essential to provide sufficient buoyancy for the rapid ascent of these dense, crystal-rich magmas. The cause and nature of such exsolution, however, remains elusive and is rarely specified. Here we use a series of high-temperature experiments to demonstrate a mechanism for the spontaneous, efficient and continuous production of this volatile phase. This mechanism requires parental melts of kimberlite to originate as carbonatite-like melts. In transit through the mantle lithosphere, these silica-undersaturated melts assimilate mantle minerals, especially orthopyroxene, driving the melt to more silicic compositions, and causing a marked drop in carbon dioxide solubility. The solubility drop manifests itself immediately in a continuous and vigorous exsolution of a fluid phase, thereby reducing magma density, increasing buoyancy, and driving the rapid and accelerating ascent of the increasingly kimberlitic magma. Our model provides an explanation for continuous ascent of magmas laden with high volumes of dense mantle cargo, an explanation for the chemical diversity of kimberlite, and a connection between kimberlites and cratons. PMID:22258614

  17. Pitching effects of buoyancy during four competitive swimming strokes.

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    Cohen, Raymond C Z; Cleary, Paul W; Harrison, Simon M; Mason, Bruce R; Pease, David L

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the pitching effects of buoyancy during all competitive swimming strokes--freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke. Laser body scans of national-level athletes and synchronized multiangle swimming footage were used in a novel markerless motion capture process to produce three-dimensional biomechanical models of the swimming athletes. The deforming surface meshes were then used to calculate swimmer center-of-mass (CoM) positions, center-of-buoyancy (CoB) positions, pitch buoyancy torques, and sagittal plane moments of inertia (MoI) throughout each stroke cycle. In all cases the mean buoyancy torque tended to raise the legs and lower the head; however, during part of the butterfly stroke the instantaneous buoyancy torque had the opposite effect. The swimming strokes that use opposing arm and leg strokes (freestyle and backstroke) had smaller variations in CoM positions, CoB positions, and buoyancy torques. Strokes with synchronized left-right arm and leg movement (butterfly and breaststroke) had larger variations in buoyancy torques, which impacts the swimmer's ability to maintain a horizontal body pitch for these strokes. The methodology outlined in this paper enables the rotational effects of buoyancy to be better understood by swimmers, allowing better control of streamlined horizontal body positioning during swimming to improve performance. PMID:24979812

  18. 14 CFR 27.751 - Main float buoyancy.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Main float buoyancy. 27.751 Section 27.751 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: NORMAL CATEGORY ROTORCRAFT Design and Construction Floats and Hulls § 27.751 Main float buoyancy. (a) For main floats, the...

  19. An Antarctic Circumpolar Current driven by surface buoyancy forcing

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    Hogg, Andrew McC.

    2010-12-01

    Simulations of an idealised, but eddy-resolving, channel model of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) are used to investigate the sensitivity of ACC transport to wind and surface buoyancy forcing. The results are consistent with theoretical predictions of the eddy-saturated limit, where transport is independent of wind stress. In this parameter regime, buoyancy forcing provides the primary control over ACC transport.

  20. 14 CFR 29.751 - Main float buoyancy.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Main float buoyancy. 29.751 Section 29.751 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY ROTORCRAFT Design and Construction Floats and Hulls § 29.751 Main float buoyancy. (a) For main floats,...

  1. 46 CFR 197.342 - Buoyancy-changing devices.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Buoyancy-changing devices. 197.342 Section 197.342 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) MARINE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS GENERAL PROVISIONS Commercial Diving Operations Equipment § 197.342 Buoyancy-changing devices. (a) A dry suit or other...

  2. 14 CFR 25.751 - Main float buoyancy.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Main float buoyancy. 25.751 Section 25.751 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRPLANES Design and Construction Floats and Hulls § 25.751 Main float buoyancy. Each main float must have— (a)...

  3. 14 CFR 23.751 - Main float buoyancy.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Main float buoyancy. 23.751 Section 23.751 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: NORMAL, UTILITY, ACROBATIC, AND COMMUTER CATEGORY AIRPLANES Design and Construction Floats and Hulls § 23.751 Main float buoyancy....

  4. Buoyancy driven turbulence and distributed chaos

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    Bershadskii, A

    2016-01-01

    It is shown, using results of recent direct numerical simulations, laboratory experiments and atmospheric measurements, that buoyancy driven turbulence exhibits a broad diversity of the types of distributed chaos with its stretched exponential spectrum $\\exp(-k/k_{\\beta})^{\\beta}$. The distributed chaos with $\\beta = 1/3$ (determined by the helicity correlation integral) is the most common feature of the stably stratified turbulence (due to the strong helical waves presence). These waves mostly dominate spectral properties of the vertical component of velocity field, while the horizontal component is dominated by the diffusive processes both for the weak and strong stable stratification ($\\beta =2/3$). For the last case influence of the low boundary can overcome the wave effects and result in $\\beta =1/2$ for the vertical component of the velocity field (the spontaneous breaking of the space translational symmetry - homogeneity). For the unstably stratified turbulence in the Rayleigh-Taylor mixing zone the di...

  5. Microgravity Flow Regime Data: Buoyancy and Mixing Apparatus Effects

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    Shephard, Adam; Best, Frederick

    2010-01-01

    Zero-g two-phase flow data set qualification and flight experiment design have not been standardized and as a result, agreement among researchers has not been reached regarding what experimental conditions adequately approximate those of microgravity. The effects of buoyancy forces and mixing apparatus on the flow regime transitions are presented in this study. The gravity conditions onboard zero-g aircraft are at best 10-3 g which is used to approximate the 10-5 g conditions of microgravity, thus the buoyancy forces present on zero-g aircraft can become significantly large and unrepresentative of microgravity. When buoyancy forces approach those of surface tension forces, buoyancy induced coalescence occurs. When discussing flow regime transitions, these large buoyancy forces lead to flow regime transitions which otherwise would not occur. The buoyancy attributes of the two-phase flow data sets available in the literature are evaluated to determine which data sets exhibit buoyancy induced transitions. Upon comparison of the representative data sets, the affects of different mixing apparatus can be seen in the superficial velocity flow regime maps.

  6. Neutral Buoyancy Test - NB23 - Space Telescope

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    1979-01-01

    Once the United States' space program had progressed from Earth's orbit into outerspace, the prospect of building and maintaining a permanent presence in space was realized. To accomplish this feat, NASA launched a temporary workstation, Skylab, to discover the effects of low gravity and weightlessness on the human body, and also to develop tools and equipment that would be needed in the future to build and maintain a more permanent space station. The structures, techniques, and work schedules had to be carefully designed to fit this unique construction site. The components had to be lightweight for transport into orbit, yet durable. The station also had to be made with removable parts for easy servicing and repairs by astronauts. All of the tools necessary for service and repairs had to be designed for easy manipulation by a suited astronaut. And construction methods had to be efficient due to limited time the astronauts could remain outside their controlled environment. In lieu of all the specific needs for this project, an environment on Earth had to be developed that could simulate a low gravity atmosphere. A Neutral Buoyancy Simulator (NBS) was constructed by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in 1968. Since then, NASA scientists have used this facility to understand how humans work best in low gravity and also provide information about the different kinds of structures that can be built. Included in the plans for the space station was a space telescope. This telescope would be attached to the space station and directed towards outerspace. Astronomers hoped that the space telescope would provide a look at space that is impossible to see from Earth because of Earth's atmosphere and other man made influences. In an effort to make replacement and repairs easier on astronauts the space telescope was designed to be modular. Practice makes perfect as demonstrated in this photo: an astronaut practices moving modular pieces of the space telescope in the Neutral

  7. Is VHF Fresnel reflectivity due to low frequency buoyancy waves?

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    Vanzandt, T. E.; Vincent, R. A.

    1983-01-01

    VHF radar echoes are greatly enhanced near the zenith relative to other directions. This enhancement must be due to reflection from horizontally stratified laminate of refractive index. The refractivity laminate are due to the displacements of low frequency buoyancy (internal gravity) waves acting on the background vertical gradient of refractivity. VANZANDT (1982) has shown that the observed spectra of mesoscale wind fluctuations in the troposphere and lower stratosphere are modeled by a universal spectrum of buoyancy (internal gravity) waves. Since the observed frequency spectrum is red, the buoyancy wave model of the vertical displacement spectrum is strongly enhanced near the zenith. In other terms, the resulting refractivity irregularities are strongly stratified.

  8. Short-wavelength Magnetic Buoyancy Instability

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    Mizerski, K. A.; Davies, C. R.; Hughes, D. W.

    2013-04-01

    Magnetic buoyancy instability plays an important role in the evolution of astrophysical magnetic fields. Here we revisit the problem introduced by Gilman of the short-wavelength linear stability of a plane layer of compressible isothermal fluid permeated by a horizontal magnetic field of strength decreasing with height. Dissipation of momentum and magnetic field is neglected. By the use of a Rayleigh-Schrödinger perturbation analysis, we explain in detail the limit in which the transverse horizontal wavenumber of the perturbation, denoted by k, is large (i.e., short horizontal wavelength) and show that the fastest growing perturbations become localized in the vertical direction as k is increased. The growth rates are determined by a function of the vertical coordinate z since, in the large k limit, the eigenmodes are strongly localized in the vertical direction. We consider in detail the case of two-dimensional perturbations varying in the directions perpendicular to the magnetic field, which, for sufficiently strong field gradients, are the most unstable. The results of our analysis are backed up by comparison with a series of initial value problems. Finally, we extend the analysis to three-dimensional perturbations.

  9. SHORT-WAVELENGTH MAGNETIC BUOYANCY INSTABILITY

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    Mizerski, K. A.; Davies, C. R.; Hughes, D. W., E-mail: kamiz@igf.edu.pl, E-mail: tina@maths.leeds.ac.uk, E-mail: d.w.hughes@leeds.ac.uk [Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom)

    2013-04-01

    Magnetic buoyancy instability plays an important role in the evolution of astrophysical magnetic fields. Here we revisit the problem introduced by Gilman of the short-wavelength linear stability of a plane layer of compressible isothermal fluid permeated by a horizontal magnetic field of strength decreasing with height. Dissipation of momentum and magnetic field is neglected. By the use of a Rayleigh-Schroedinger perturbation analysis, we explain in detail the limit in which the transverse horizontal wavenumber of the perturbation, denoted by k, is large (i.e., short horizontal wavelength) and show that the fastest growing perturbations become localized in the vertical direction as k is increased. The growth rates are determined by a function of the vertical coordinate z since, in the large k limit, the eigenmodes are strongly localized in the vertical direction. We consider in detail the case of two-dimensional perturbations varying in the directions perpendicular to the magnetic field, which, for sufficiently strong field gradients, are the most unstable. The results of our analysis are backed up by comparison with a series of initial value problems. Finally, we extend the analysis to three-dimensional perturbations.

  10. TAO/TRITON, RAMA, and PIRATA Buoys, Quarterly, Buoyancy Flux

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset has quarterly Buoyancy Flux data from the TAO/TRITON (Pacific Ocean, http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/tao/), RAMA (Indian Ocean,...

  11. Vertigo and positional alcohol nystagmus. The buoyancy mechanism

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    Franco-Gutiérrez V, Pérez-Vázquez P.

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Ethanol can cause nistagmus and dizziness by a buoyancy mechanism. Its differential diagnosis includes atypical or central positional vertigo. We report the case of a woman whose positional symptoms were caused by ethanol contained in some mixtures.

  12. The treatment of magnetic buoyancy in flux transport dynamo models

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    Choudhuri, Arnab Rai; Hazra, Gopal

    2015-01-01

    One important ingredient of flux transport dynamo models is the rise of the toroidal magnetic field through the convection zone due to magnetic buoyancy to produce bipolar sunspots and then the generation of the poloidal magnetic field from these bipolar sunspots due to the Babcock-Leighton mechanism. Over the years, two methods of treating magnetic buoyancy, a local method and a non-local method have been used widely by different groups in constructing 2D kinematic models of the flux transpo...

  13. Transient buoyancy-driven ventilation: Part 2. Modelling heat transfer

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    Steven D. Sandbach and Gregory F. Lane-Serff

    2011-01-01

    A new mathematical model for buoyancy-driven ventilation [Sandbach SD, Lane-Serif GF. Transient buoyancy-driven ventilation: Part 1. Modelling advection. Building and Environment, 2011] is modified to include heat transfer at the boundaries. Heat transfers at the ceiling and floor are included, using Newton's law of cooling to model convective heat transfer between the air and the solid boundaries, Fourier's law to model conductive heat transfer through the floor and ceiling, and a linear ver...

  14. Field Effects of Buoyancy on Lean Premixed Turbulent Flames

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    Cheng, R. K.; Johnson, M. R.; Greenberg, P. S.; Wernet, M. P.

    2003-01-01

    The study of field effects of buoyancy on premixed turbulent flames is directed towards the advancement of turbulent combustion theory and the development of cleaner combustion technologies. Turbulent combustion is considered the most important unsolved problem in combustion science and laboratory studies of turbulence flame processes are vital to theoretical development. Although buoyancy is dominant in laboratory flames, most combustion models are not yet capable to consider buoyancy effects. This inconsistency has impeded the validation of theories and numerical simulations with experiments. Conversely, the understanding of buoyancy effects is far too limited to help develop buoyant flame models. Our research is also relevant to combustion technology because lean premixed combustion is a proven method to reduce the formation of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). In industrial lean premixed combustion systems, their operating conditions make them susceptible to buoyancy thus affecting heat distribution, emissions, stability, flashback and blowoff. But little knowledge is available to guide combustion engineers as to how to avoid or overcome these problems. Our hypothesis is that through its influence on the mean pressure field, buoyancy has direct and indirect effects on local flame/turbulence interactions. Although buoyancy acts on the hot products in the farfield the effect is also felt in the nearfield region upstream of the flame. These changes also influence the generation and dissipation of turbulent kinetic energy inside the flame brush and throughout the flowfield. Moreover, the plume of an open flame is unstable and the periodic fluctuations make additional contributions to flame front dynamics in the farfield. Therefore, processes such as flame wrinkling, flow acceleration due to heat release and flame- generated vorticity are all affected. Other global flame properties (e.g. flame stabilization limits and flame speed) may all be coupled to buoyancy. This

  15. Modelling and Linear Control of a Buoyancy-Driven Airship

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    Wu, Xiaotao,; Moog, Claude; Hu, Yueming

    2009-01-01

    We describe the modelling and control of a newkind airship which is propelled by buoyancy. Based on the Newton-Euler equations and Kirchhoff equations, and referred to the models of underwater gliders and aircraft, a 6DOF nonlinear mathematical model of a buoyancy-driven airship is derived, with features distributed internal mass, and no thrust, elevators and rudders. The attitudes are controlled by the motion of internal mass. The performances of the airship are studied in the vertical plane...

  16. Rigorous buoyancy driven bubble mixing for centrifugal microfluidics.

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    Burger, S; Schulz, M; von Stetten, F; Zengerle, R; Paust, N

    2016-01-21

    We present batch-mode mixing for centrifugal microfluidics operated at fixed rotational frequency. Gas is generated by the disk integrated decomposition of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to liquid water (H2O) and gaseous oxygen (O2) and inserted into a mixing chamber. There, bubbles are formed that ascent through the liquid in the artificial gravity field and lead to drag flow. Additionaly, strong buoyancy causes deformation and rupture of the gas bubbles and induces strong mixing flows in the liquids. Buoyancy driven bubble mixing is quantitatively compared to shake mode mixing, mixing by reciprocation and vortex mixing. To determine mixing efficiencies in a meaningful way, the different mixers are employed for mixing of a lysis reagent and human whole blood. Subsequently, DNA is extracted from the lysate and the amount of DNA recovered is taken as a measure for mixing efficiency. Relative to standard vortex mixing, DNA extraction based on buoyancy driven bubble mixing resulted in yields of 92 ± 8% (100 s mixing time) and 100 ± 8% (600 s) at 130g centrifugal acceleration. Shake mode mixing yields 96 ± 11% and is thus equal to buoyancy driven bubble mixing. An advantage of buoyancy driven bubble mixing is that it can be operated at fixed rotational frequency, however. The additional costs of implementing buoyancy driven bubble mixing are low since both the activation liquid and the catalyst are very low cost and no external means are required in the processing device. Furthermore, buoyancy driven bubble mixing can easily be integrated in a monolithic manner and is compatible to scalable manufacturing technologies such as injection moulding or thermoforming. We consider buoyancy driven bubble mixing an excellent alternative to shake mode mixing, in particular if the processing device is not capable of providing fast changes of rotational frequency or if the low average rotational frequency is challenging for the other integrated fluidic operations. PMID:26607320

  17. Failure Prediction in Multiphase Deep-Water Buoyancy Systems

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    Hoel, Eirik

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this thesis is to explore how a new type of buoyancy material foroshore applications will perform under operating conditions. This includes buoy-ancy loads and extreme hydrostatic pressure. The new material system, Compbuoy,consists of porous, low cost pellets in a polymer matrix. Conventional buoyancyelements today are lled with syntactic foam, a much more expensive material. Asthe promising material Compbuoy has been developed, critical failure mechanismsmust be investigate...

  18. 40 CFR 1065.690 - Buoyancy correction for PM sample media.

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    2010-07-01

    ... insignificant effect on buoyancy correction, air density is primarily a function of atmospheric pressure... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Buoyancy correction for PM sample... Buoyancy correction for PM sample media. (a) General. Correct PM sample media for their buoyancy in air...

  19. Physics of Buoyancy, pressure potential and Buoyancy reversal for CO2 and hydrocarbon migration

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    Udo Weyer, K. [WDA Consultants Inc., Calgary, Alberta (Canada)], email: weyer@wda-consultants.com

    2011-07-01

    Buoyancy reversal has been proven to exist by the three means of theoretical derivation, field evidence, and mathematical modelling. It is becoming urgent to use Hubbert's force potential and buoyancy reversal for studying carbon sequestration and the accumulation and production of hydrocarbons, in order to better understand the physical processes involved. As well, this study is important for optimization of both the methods of carbon sequestration and the recovery rate of hydrocarbons from reservoirs and unconventional gas plays, such as CBM and shale gas. The application of correct physics, through the existing models of regional groundwater flow, to the long-term migration of CO2, helps identify the eventual discharge points of injected CO2 and gives an estimation of the time required. With proper selection of the injection sites, it will take more than thousands or tens of thousands of years before the CO2 will re-enter the atmosphere, and the amount of CO2 discharged at that time will be significantly reduced by geochemical processes.

  20. Buoyancy-Driven Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Devices

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    Ness, K D; Wheeler, E K; Benett, W; Stratton, P; Christian, A; Chen, A; Ortega, J; Weisgraber, T H; Goodson, K E

    2004-09-28

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) facilitates DNA detection by significantly increasing the concentration of specific DNA segments. A new class of PCR instruments uses a buoyancy-driven re-circulating flow to thermally cycle the DNA sample and benefits from reduced cycle times, low sample volumes, a miniaturized format, and low power consumption. This paper analyzes a specific buoyancy PCR device in a micro-channel ''race-track'' geometry to determine key parameters about PCR cycle times and other figures of merit as functions of device dimensions. The 1-D model balances the buoyancy driving force with frictional losses. A hydrostatic pressure imbalance concept is used between the left and right sides of the fluid loop to calculate the buoyancy driving force. Velocity and temperature distributions within the channels are determined from two-dimensional analysis of the channel section, with developing region effects included empirically through scaled values of the local Nusselt number. Good agreement between four independent verification steps validate the 1-D simulation approach: (1) analytical expressions for the thermal entrance length are compared against, (2) comparison with a full 3-D finite element simulation, (3) comparison with an experimental flow field characterization, and (4) calculation of the minimum PCR runtime required to get a positive PCR signal from the buoyancy-driven PCR device. The 1-D approach closely models an actual buoyancy-driven PCR device and can further be used as a rapid design tool to simulate buoyancy PCR flows and perform detailed design optimizations studies.

  1. The treatment of magnetic buoyancy in flux transport dynamo models

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    Choudhuri, Arnab Rai

    2015-01-01

    One important ingredient of flux transport dynamo models is the rise of the toroidal magnetic field through the convection zone due to magnetic buoyancy to produce bipolar sunspots and then the generation of the poloidal magnetic field from these bipolar sunspots due to the Babcock-Leighton mechanism. Over the years, two methods of treating magnetic buoyancy, a local method and a non-local method have been used widely by different groups in constructing 2D kinematic models of the flux transport dynamo. We review both these methods and conclude that neither of them is fully satisfactory, presumably because magnetic buoyancy is an inherently 3D process. We also point out so far we do not have proper understanding of why sunspot emergence is restricted to rather low latitudes.

  2. Numerical Simulations of Buoyancy Effects in low Density Gas Jets

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    Satti, R. P.; Pasumarthi, K. S.; Agrawal, A. K.

    2004-01-01

    This paper deals with the computational analysis of buoyancy effects in the near field of an isothermal helium jet injected into quiescent ambient air environment. The transport equations of helium mass fraction coupled with the conservation equations of mixture mass and momentum were solved using a staggered grid finite volume method. Laminar, axisymmetric, unsteady flow conditions were considered for the analysis. An orthogonal system with non-uniform grids was used to capture the instability phenomena. Computations were performed for Earth gravity and during transition from Earth to different gravitational levels. The flow physics was described by simultaneous visualizations of velocity and concentration fields at Earth and microgravity conditions. Computed results were validated by comparing with experimental data substantiating that buoyancy induced global flow oscillations present in Earth gravity are absent in microgravity. The dependence of oscillation frequency and amplitude on gravitational forcing was presented to further quantify the buoyancy effects.

  3. Buoyancy effects on flames spreading down thermally thin fuels

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    Altenkirch, R. A.; Eichhorn, R.; Shang, P. C.

    1980-01-01

    Experiments show that buoyancy influences the downward spread rate of flames consuming thermally thin fuel beds. For index cards (0.0098 cm half-thickness) and adding-machine tape (0.0043 cm half-thickness), an increase in the buoyancy level causes the spread rate to drop until no flame propagation is possible. A dimensionless spread rate is found to correlate with a Damkoehler number. As the Damkoehler number increases with decreasing buoyancy level brought about by an increase in pressure or a decrease in gravity, the dimensionless spread rate approaches unity. It is also found that a small change in orientation with respect to the vertical is equivalent to a change in the magnitude of gravity in the direction of spread, and power-law relations between the dimensional spread rate and pressure are only valid over a small pressure range.

  4. Axisymmetric large eddy simulation of a circular source of buoyancy

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    Nihous, Gerard C., E-mail: nihous@hawaii.ed [University of Hawaii, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, 1680 East-West Road, POST 109, Honolulu, HI 96822 (United States)

    2009-12-15

    Axisymmetric large-eddy simulations (LES) of published experiments on vertical mixing above a circular source of buoyancy are performed. Numerical results confirm the existence of a mixing boundary layer just above the buoyancy source (freshwater injected into saline water). As experiments suggested, the calculated normalized shape of the boundary layer seems independent of source size, freshwater injection rate and background solute concentration. This validates a restrictive but numerically efficient assumption of axisymmetric turbulence for the LES calculations. It also lends additional credibility to the theoretical boundary-layer analysis of Epstein and Burelbach [Epstein, M., Burelbach, J.P., 2001. Vertical mixing above a steady circular source of buoyancy. Int. J. Heat Mass Trans. 44, 525-536], even at marginally high Froude numbers.

  5. Axisymmetric large eddy simulation of a circular source of buoyancy

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    Axisymmetric large-eddy simulations (LES) of published experiments on vertical mixing above a circular source of buoyancy are performed. Numerical results confirm the existence of a mixing boundary layer just above the buoyancy source (freshwater injected into saline water). As experiments suggested, the calculated normalized shape of the boundary layer seems independent of source size, freshwater injection rate and background solute concentration. This validates a restrictive but numerically efficient assumption of axisymmetric turbulence for the LES calculations. It also lends additional credibility to the theoretical boundary-layer analysis of Epstein and Burelbach [Epstein, M., Burelbach, J.P., 2001. Vertical mixing above a steady circular source of buoyancy. Int. J. Heat Mass Trans. 44, 525-536], even at marginally high Froude numbers.

  6. How did Archimedes discover the law of buoyancy by experiment?

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    Kuroki, Hidetaka

    2016-03-01

    After Archimedes and Vitruvius era, for more than 2000 years, it has been believed that the displaced water measurement of golden crown is impossible, and at his Eureka moment, Archimedes discovered the law of buoyancy (Proposition 7 of his principles) and proved the theft of a goldsmith by weighing the golden crown in water. A previous study showed that a small amount of displaced water was able to be measured with enough accuracy by the introduced method. Archimedes measured the weight of displaced water. He did not find the law of buoyancy but rather specific gravity of things at the moment. After which, Archimedes continued to measure the specific gravity of various solids and fluids. Through these measurements, he reached the discovery of the law of buoyancy directly by experiment. In this paper, the process to the discovery of Archimedes' principle (Proposition 5) is presented.

  7. Trapping of swimming microorganisms at lower surfaces by increasing buoyancy.

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    Jung, Ilyong; Guevorkian, Karine; Valles, James M

    2014-11-21

    Models suggest that mechanical interactions alone can trap swimming microorganisms at surfaces. Testing them requires a method for varying the mechanical interactions. We tuned contact forces between Paramecia and surfaces in situ by varying their buoyancy with nonuniform magnetic fields. Remarkably, increasing their buoyancy can lead to ∼100% trapping at lower surfaces. A model of Paramecia in surface contact passively responding to external torques quantitatively accounts for the data implying that interactions with a planar surface do not engage their mechanosensing network and illuminating how their trapping differs from other smaller microorganisms. PMID:25479523

  8. EVA Development and Verification Testing at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

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    Jairala, Juniper C.; Durkin, Robert; Marak, Ralph J.; Sipila, Stepahnie A.; Ney, Zane A.; Parazynski, Scott E.; Thomason, Arthur H.

    2012-01-01

    As an early step in the preparation for future Extravehicular Activities (EVAs), astronauts perform neutral buoyancy testing to develop and verify EVA hardware and operations. Neutral buoyancy demonstrations at NASA Johnson Space Center's Sonny Carter Training Facility to date have primarily evaluated assembly and maintenance tasks associated with several elements of the International Space Station (ISS). With the retirement of the Shuttle, completion of ISS assembly, and introduction of commercial players for human transportation to space, evaluations at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) will take on a new focus. Test objectives are selected for their criticality, lack of previous testing, or design changes that justify retesting. Assembly tasks investigated are performed using procedures developed by the flight hardware providers and the Mission Operations Directorate (MOD). Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) maintenance tasks are performed using a more systematic set of procedures, EVA Concept of Operations for the International Space Station (JSC-33408), also developed by the MOD. This paper describes the requirements and process for performing a neutral buoyancy test, including typical hardware and support equipment requirements, personnel and administrative resource requirements, examples of ISS systems and operations that are evaluated, and typical operational objectives that are evaluated.

  9. An Analytic Model for Buoyancy Resonances in Protoplanetary Disks

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    Lubow, Stephen H

    2014-01-01

    Zhu, Stone, and Rafikov (2012) found in 3D shearing box simulations a new form of planet-disk interaction that they attributed to a vertical buoyancy resonance in the disk. We describe an analytic linear model for this interaction. We adopt a simplified model involving azimuthal forcing that produces the resonance and permits an analytic description of its structure. We derive an analytic expression for the buoyancy torque and show that the vertical torque distribution agrees well with results of Athena simulations and a Fourier method for linear numerical calculations carried out with the same forcing. The buoyancy resonance differs from the classic Lindblad and corotation resonances in that the resonance lies along tilted planes. Its width depends on damping effects and is independent of the gas sound speed. The resonance does not excite propagating waves. At a given large azimuthal wavenumber k_y > 1/h (for disk thickness h), the buoyancy resonance exerts a torque over a region that lies radially closer to...

  10. An analytic model for buoyancy resonances in protoplanetary disks

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    Lubow, Stephen H. [Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States); Zhu, Zhaohuan, E-mail: lubow@stsci.edu, E-mail: zhzhu@astro.princeton.edu [Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States)

    2014-04-10

    Zhu et al. found in three-dimensional shearing box simulations a new form of planet-disk interaction that they attributed to a vertical buoyancy resonance in the disk. We describe an analytic linear model for this interaction. We adopt a simplified model involving azimuthal forcing that produces the resonance and permits an analytic description of its structure. We derive an analytic expression for the buoyancy torque and show that the vertical torque distribution agrees well with the results of the Athena simulations and a Fourier method for linear numerical calculations carried out with the same forcing. The buoyancy resonance differs from the classic Lindblad and corotation resonances in that the resonance lies along tilted planes. Its width depends on damping effects and is independent of the gas sound speed. The resonance does not excite propagating waves. At a given large azimuthal wavenumber k{sub y} > h {sup –1} (for disk thickness h), the buoyancy resonance exerts a torque over a region that lies radially closer to the corotation radius than the Lindblad resonance. Because the torque is localized to the region of excitation, it is potentially subject to the effects of nonlinear saturation. In addition, the torque can be reduced by the effects of radiative heat transfer between the resonant region and its surroundings. For each azimuthal wavenumber, the resonance establishes a large scale density wave pattern in a plane within the disk.

  11. The effect of mechanical stirring on buoyancy-driven circulations

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    Tailleux, Remi

    2009-01-01

    The theoretical analysis of the energetics of mechanically-stirred horizontal convection for a Boussinesq fluid yields the formula: G(APE) = \\gamma_{mixing} G(KE) + (1+\\gamma_{mixing}) W_{r,laminar} where G(APE) and G(KE) are the work rate done by the buoyancy and mechanical forcing respectively, \\gamma_{mixing} is the mixing efficiency, and W_{r,laminar} is the background rate of increase in gravitational potential energy due to molecular diffusion. The formula shows that mechanical stirring can easily induce a very strong buoyancy-driven overturning cell (meaning a large G(APE)) even for a relatively low mixing efficiency, whereas this is only possible in absence of mechanical stirring if \\gamma_{mixing} >> 1. Moreover, the buoyancy-driven overturning becomes mechanically controlled when $\\gamma_{mixing} G(KE) >> (1+\\gamma_{mixing}) W_{r,laminar}$. This result explains why the buoyancy-driven overturning cell in the laboratory experiments by \\cite{Whitehead2008} is amplified by the lateral motions of a stir...

  12. An Analytic Model for Buoyancy Resonances in Protoplanetary Disks

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    Lubow, Stephen H.; Zhu, Zhaohuan

    2014-04-01

    Zhu et al. found in three-dimensional shearing box simulations a new form of planet-disk interaction that they attributed to a vertical buoyancy resonance in the disk. We describe an analytic linear model for this interaction. We adopt a simplified model involving azimuthal forcing that produces the resonance and permits an analytic description of its structure. We derive an analytic expression for the buoyancy torque and show that the vertical torque distribution agrees well with the results of the Athena simulations and a Fourier method for linear numerical calculations carried out with the same forcing. The buoyancy resonance differs from the classic Lindblad and corotation resonances in that the resonance lies along tilted planes. Its width depends on damping effects and is independent of the gas sound speed. The resonance does not excite propagating waves. At a given large azimuthal wavenumber ky > h -1 (for disk thickness h), the buoyancy resonance exerts a torque over a region that lies radially closer to the corotation radius than the Lindblad resonance. Because the torque is localized to the region of excitation, it is potentially subject to the effects of nonlinear saturation. In addition, the torque can be reduced by the effects of radiative heat transfer between the resonant region and its surroundings. For each azimuthal wavenumber, the resonance establishes a large scale density wave pattern in a plane within the disk.

  13. Semi-Empirical Models for Buoyancy-Driven Ventilation

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    Terpager Andersen, Karl

    2015-01-01

    A literature study is presented on the theories and models dealing with buoyancy-driven ventilation in rooms. The models are categorised into four types according to how the physical process is conceived: column model, fan model, neutral plane model and pressure model. These models are analysed a...

  14. Using Surface Integrals for Checking Archimedes' Law of Buoyancy

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    Lima, F. M. S.

    2012-01-01

    A mathematical derivation of the force exerted by an "inhomogeneous" (i.e. compressible) fluid on the surface of an "arbitrarily shaped" body immersed in it is not found in the literature, which may be attributed to our trust in Archimedes' law of buoyancy. However, this law, also known as Archimedes' principle (AP), does not yield the force…

  15. Longitudinal Modelling of Academic Buoyancy and Motivation: Do the 5Cs Hold Up over Time?

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    Martin, Andrew J.; Colmar, Susan H.; Davey, Louise A.; Marsh, Herbert W.

    2010-01-01

    Background: Academic buoyancy is students' ability to successfully deal with setbacks and challenges that are typical of academic life. The present study extends previous preliminary cross-sectional work that tentatively identified five motivational predictors of academic buoyancy--referred to as the "5Cs" of academic buoyancy: confidence…

  16. Buoyancy statistics in moist turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection

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    Schumacher, Joerg

    2009-01-01

    We study shallow moist Rayleigh-Benard convection in the Boussinesq approximation in three-dimensional direct numerical simulations. The thermodynamics of phase changes is approximated by a piecewise linear equation of state close to the phase boundary. The impact of phase changes on the turbulent fluctuations and the transfer of buoyancy through the layer is discussed as a function of the Rayleigh number and the ability to form liquid water. The enhanced buoyancy flux due to phase changes is compared with dry convection reference cases and related to the cloud cover in the convection layer. This study indicates that the moist Rayleigh-Benard problem offers a practical framework for the development and evaluation of parametrizations for atmospheric convection.

  17. Buoyancy Effect on MHD Flow Past a Permeable Bed

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    S. Venkataramana

    1986-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the effect of buoyancy force on the parallel flows bounded above by a rigid permeable plate which may be moving or stationary and below, by a permeable bed has been investigated. To discuss the solution, the flow region is divided into two zones. In Zone 1, the flow is laminar and is governed by the Navier-Stokes equations from the impermeable upper rigid plate to the permeable bed. In Zone 2, the flow is governed by the Darcy law in the permeable bed below the nominal surface. The expressions for velocity and temparature distributions, Slip velocity, slip temperature, mass flow rate and the rates of heat transfer coefficients are obtained. The effects of magnetic, porous, slip and buoyancy parameters and Biot number on the above physical quantities are investigated. The thickness of the boundary layer in Zone 2 has been evaluated.

  18. Surface buoyancy flux in Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea

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    G. Anitha

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The seasonal variation of thermal, haline, net surface buoyancy flux, the Monin-Obukhov length (M-O length, L and stability parameter, i.e. the ratio of M-O length to mixed layer depth (h were studied in the Bay of Bengal (BoB and the Arabian Sea (AS for the years 2003 and 2004 using Argo temperature and salinity profiles. The relative quantitative influence of winds to surface buoyancy and the applicability of scaling mixed layer using M-O length in BoB and AS was brought out. Rotation and light penetration modify the mixed layer depth from M-O length during shoaling in spring giving L/h<1.

  19. The global Meridional Overturning Circulation's response to variable buoyancy forcing

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    Butler, Edward D.

    2015-01-01

    The meridional overturning circulation (MOC) is a large-scale circulation throughout the global ocean and plays a significant role in the complex global climate system. However, our traditional understanding of the processes driving the MOC has been questioned in recent years. In particular, it has been suggested that surface buoyancy forcing plays little energetic role in driving the MOC. Furthermore, doubt has also been cast over the relationship between meridional overturning and meridiona...

  20. Floating rings in vertical soap films : capillary driven bidimensional buoyancy

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    Adami, N

    2013-01-01

    The present study aims to investigate the motion of buoyant rings in vertical soap films. Thickness differences and related bi-dimensional densities are considered as the motor leading to bi-dimensional buoyancy. We show how this effect can be re-interpreted thanks to surface tension profiles in soap films. We propose a model involving surface tension profiles in order to describe the motion of buoyant particles in vertical soap films, and compare it to experimental data.

  1. SuperLig Ion Exchange Resin Swelling and Buoyancy Study

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    The objective of this study was to achieve a fundamental understanding of SuperLig resin swelling and shrinking characteristics, which lead to channeling and early breakthrough during loading cycles. The density of salt solution that causes resin floating was also determined to establish a limit for operation. Specific tests performed include (a) pH dependence, (b) ionic strength dependence and (c) buoyancy effect vs. simulant composition

  2. Investigation on the Performance of the Universal Buoyancy System

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    Staalesen, Odd Eivind Solø

    2014-01-01

    Future increase in the market demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) will pose new challenges to the existing infrastructure for LNG distribution. The Universal Buoyancy System (UBS) seeks to contribute to the solution of these challenges by offering a new, cost-efficient, and safe solution for small scale LNG transfer, as an alternative to land based distribution. A critical component in the UBS is the floating cryogenic pipeline, connecting an onshore LNG terminal to an inshore loading buoy...

  3. Design and Analysis of Typical Buoyancy Tank Riser Tensioner Systems

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    Zhuang Kang; Lusheng Jia; Liping Sun; Wenzhou Liang

    2012-01-01

    The method for design and analysis of a buoyancy tank riser tensioner system (BTRTS) was put forward in this paper,taking the free standing hybrid riser's top buoyancy tank as an example.The design procedure was discussed and was also illustrated in a flowchart,after a short description of the global arrangement,structure configuration,and the function of different types of buoyancy tanks (BT).The objective of this paper is to describe a way of developing a BT with minimal hydro force,maximal net lift,and no redundancy of comparunents.The method of determining the main dimensions of the BT,namely the length and the outer diameter,was outlined.A series of investigations was conducted for a West Africa FSHR BT design,and the effect of the ratio of the length to the outer diameter (L/D) on the hydrodynamics and the weight of the BT was discussed.The methodology of designing the internal structure of the BT was presented.The effects of the number of compartments and the dimension of the inner stem on the BT weight and strength were compared.The relationship between inner structure and the number one index of the BT as well as the riser's top tension factor (TTF) were illustrated for normal operating conditions and conditions with one or more compartments (or inner stem) damaged.A design instance was given in this paper,when L/D is 4-6,the BT weight and the drag force are compromised.When the BT is divided into 10 compartments,the riser TTF will reach the maximum value,and the ratio of the stem OD to shell OD is about 0.3.A global strength analysis method of the BT and the main load case matrix was also included in the paper,together with the local strength analysis of the buoyancy tank's pad-eye assembly.

  4. Oscillatory convection in binary mixtures: thermodiffusion, solutal buoyancy, and advection

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    Jung, D.; Matura, P.; Luecke, M.

    2005-01-01

    The role of thermodiffusive generation of concentration fluctuations via the Soret effect, their contribution to the buoyancy forces that drive convection, the advective mixing effect of the latter, and the diffusive homogenisation are compared and elucidated for oscillatory convection. Numerically obtained solutions of the field equations in the form of spatially extended relaxed traveling waves, of standing waves, and of the transient growth of standing waves and their transition to traveli...

  5. Neutral Buoyancy Portable Life Support System performance study

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    Chang, Chi-Min; Conger, Bruce C.; Iovine, John V.

    1991-01-01

    The Neutral Buoyancy Portable Life Support System (NBPSS) has been designed to support astronaut underwater training activities associated with EVA operations. The performance of competing NBPSS configurations has been analyzed on the basis of a modified 'Metabolic Man' program. NBPSS success is dependent on the development of novel cryogen supply tank and liquid-cooling garment vaporizer. Attention is given to mass and thermal balances and the evaluation results for the vent-loop ejector and heat-exchanger designs.

  6. Buoyancy waves in Pluto's high atmosphere: Implications for stellar occultations

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    Hubbard, W B; Kulesa, C A; Benecchi, S D; Person, M J; Elliot, J L; Gulbis, A A S

    2009-01-01

    We apply scintillation theory to stellar signal fluctuations in the high-resolution, high signal/noise, dual-wavelength data from the MMT observation of the 2007 March 18 occultation of P445.3 by Pluto. A well-defined high wavenumber cutoff in the fluctuations is consistent with viscous-thermal dissipation of buoyancy waves (internal gravity waves) in Pluto's high atmosphere, and provides strong evidence that the underlying density fluctuations are governed by the gravity-wave dispersion relation.

  7. Compositional vs. thermal buoyancy and the evolution of subducted lithosphere

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    Gaherty, James B.; Hager, Bradford H.

    1994-01-01

    We formulate 2-D Cartesian finite element models that explore the fate of compositionally defined lithosphere as it encounters a viscosity increase at the boundary between the upper and lower mantle. Subducted lithosphere is represented as a cold, stiff, layered composite of denser eclogite underlain by more buoyant harzburgite. Slabs impinging on a lower mantle 30 and 100 times more viscous than the upper mantle thicken and fold strongly as they penetrate the lower mantle. Approximately a factor of two thickening occurs via pure shear just above the discontinuity, with additional enhancement due to folding by over a factor of two. No separation of the individual slab components occurs at the discontinuity, and direct comparison with models in which compositional buoyancy is explicitly ignored indicates that slab evolution is largely controlled by the thermal buoyancy. These results are at odds with hypotheses about slab evolution in which the compositional buoyancy contributions lead to component separation and the formation of slab megaliths or a compositionally layered upper mantle.

  8. Buoyancy Effects in Strongly-Pulsed, Turbulent Diffusion Flames

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    Hermanson, James; Johari, Hamid; Stocker, Dennis; Hegde, Uday

    2004-11-01

    Buoyancy effects in pulsed, turbulent flames are studied in microgravity in a 2.2 s drop-tower. The fuel is pure ethylene or a 50/50 mixture with nitrogen; the oxidizer co-flow is either air or 30% oxygen in nitrogen. A fast solenoid valve fully modulates (shuts off) the fuel flow between pulses. The jet Reynolds number is 5000 with a nozzle i.d. of 2 mm. For short injection times and small duty cycle (jet-on fraction), compact, puff-like flames occur. The invariance in flame length of these puffs with buoyancy is due to offsetting changes in puff celerity and burnout time. Buoyancy does impact interacting flame puffs, with the flame length generally increasing with injection duty cycle. The mean centerline temperatures for all flames are generally higher in microgravity than in normal gravity. The transition in temperatures with increasing injection time is more gradual in micro-g than in 1-g. These observations can be explained in terms of the local duty cycle in the flame and differences in entrainment in normal- vs. microgravity.

  9. Buoyancy Effects in Turbulent Jet Flames in Crossflow

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    Boxx, Isaac; Idicheria, Cherian; Clemens, Noel

    2003-11-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of buoyancy on the structure of turbulent, non-premixed hydrocarbon jet-flames in crossflow (JFICF). This was accomplished using a small jet-in-crossflow facility which can be oriented at a variety of angles with respect to the gravity vector. This facility enables us to alter the relative influence of buoyancy on the JFICF without altering the jet-exit Reynolds number, momentum flux ratio or the geometry of the system. Results are compared to similar, but non-buoyant, JFICF studied in microgravity. Departures of jet-centerline trajectory from the well-known power-law scaling of turbulent JFICF were used to explore the transition from a buoyancy-influenced regime to a momentum dominated one. The primary diagnostic was CCD imaging of soot-luminosity. We present results on ethylene jet flames with jet-exit Reynolds numbers of 1770 to 8000 and momentum flux ratios of 5 to 13.

  10. Computational study of buoyancy effects in a laminar starting jet

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    Vortical structures formed in evolving jets are important in applications such as fuel injection in diesel engines and fuel leaks. When the jet fluid is different from the ambient fluid, the buoyancy can play an important role in determining the jet flow structure, and hence, the entrainment and fluid mixing processes. In the present study, a jet of helium injected in air is investigated, with emphasis placed on delineating the buoyancy effects on vector-scalar fields during the starting phase. We utilize a computational model, previously validated to predict the flow field of low-density gas jets. The model incorporates finite volume approach to solve the transport equation of helium mass fraction coupled with conservation equations of mixture mass and momentum. Computations were performed for a laminar jet to characterize the advancing jet front, and to capture the formation and propagation of vortex rings and the related pinch-off process. Results show significant effects of buoyancy on jet advancement, as well as on vorticity and helium concentration in the core of the vortex rings

  11. Effect of the radial buoyancy on a circular Couette flow

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    Meyer, Antoine; Yoshikawa, Harunori N.; Mutabazi, Innocent

    2015-11-01

    The effect of a radial temperature gradient on the stability of a circular Couette flow is investigated when the gravitational acceleration is neglected. The induced radial stratification of the fluid density coupled with the centrifugal acceleration generates radial buoyancy which is centrifugal for inward heating and centripetal for outward heating. This radial buoyancy modifies the Rayleigh discriminant and induces the asymmetry between inward heating and outward heating in flow behavior. The critical modes are axisymmetric and stationary for inward heating while for outward heating, they can be oscillatory axisymmetric or nonaxisymmetric depending on fluid diffusion properties, i.e., on the Prandtl number Pr. The dependence of the critical modes on Pr is explored for different values of the radius ratio of the annulus. The power input of the radial buoyancy is compared with other power terms. The critical frequency of the oscillatory axisymmetric modes is linked to the Brunt-Väisälä frequency due to the density stratification in the radial gravity field induced by the rotation. These modes are associated with inertial waves. The dispersion relation of the oscillatory axisymmetric modes is derived in the vicinity of the critical conditions. A weakly nonlinear amplitude equation with a forcing term is proposed to explain the domination of these axisymmetric oscillatory modes over the stationary centrifugal mode.

  12. Buoyancy, transport, and head loss of fibrous reactor insulation

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    In the event of a loss of coolant accident (LOCA) in a nuclear power plant, it is possible that insulation for pipes or other items inside the containment building could be dislodged by the high energy break jet. This insulation debris could affect the recirculation of water from the sump of the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) by collecting on the screen surrounding this sump. To help in assessing the possible effect of detached insulation on the ECCS, buoyancy, transport, and head loss characteristics of the insulation were studied experimentally. Three types of insulation pillows with mineral wool and fiberglass cores were tested in undamaged state, with their covers opened and with the insulation core in broken-up and shredded conditions. Small samples of reflective metallic and closed cell insulations were also tested for transport and buoyancy. The buoyancy studies revealed that the insulation core material sank more rapidly in hot water than in cold, that the tested mineral wool insulation did not readily sink, but that the fiberglass insulation did and that undamaged pillows could remain afloat for several days due to trapped air pockets forming inside the pillow covers. The transport studies furnished values of the flow velocity needed (i) to initiate the movement of sunken insulation towards a screen, (ii) to bring all the insulation on the screen, and (iii) to flip the insulation vertically on the screen. The head loss studies resulted in graphs of head loss versus approach velocity for undisturbed insulation and for beds of accumulated insulation fragments

  13. Effects of Buoyancy in Hydrogen Jet Diffusion Flames

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    Agrawal, A. K.; Al-Ammar, K.; Gollahalli, S. R.; Griffin, D. W.

    1999-01-01

    This project was carried out to understand the effects of heat release and buoyancy on the flame structure of diffusion flames. Experiments were conducted at atmospheric pressure in both normal gravity and microgravity conditions in the NASA LeRC 2.2 s drop tower. Experiments were also conducted in a variable pressure combustion facility in normal gravity to scale buoyancy and thus, to supplement the drop tower experiments. Pure H2 or H2 mixed with He was used as the jet fluid to avoid the complexities associated with soot formation. Fuel jet burning in quiescent air was visualized and quantified by the Rainbow Schlieren Deflectometry (RSD) to obtain scalar profiles (temperature, oxygen concentration) within the flame. Burner tube diameter (d) was varied from 0.3 to 1.19 mm producing jet exit Reynolds numbers ranging from 40 to 1900, and generating flames encompassing laminar and transitional (laminar to turbulent) flow structure. Some experiments were also complemented with the CFD analysis. In a previous paper, we have presented details of the RSD technique, comparison of computed and measured scalar distributions, and effects of buoyancy on laminar and transitional H2 gas-jet diffusion flames. Results obtained from the RSD technique, variable pressure combustion chamber, and theoretical models have been published. Subsequently, we have developed a new drop rig with improved optical and image acquisition. In this set up, the schlieren images are acquired in real time and stored digitally in RAM of an onboard computer. This paper deals with laminar diffusion flames of pure H2 in normal and microgravity.

  14. A continuous and prognostic convection scheme based on buoyancy, PCMT

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    Guérémy, Jean-François; Piriou, Jean-Marcel

    2016-04-01

    A new and consistent convection scheme (PCMT: Prognostic Condensates Microphysics and Transport), providing a continuous and prognostic treatment of this atmospheric process, is described. The main concept ensuring the consistency of the whole system is the buoyancy, key element of any vertical motion. The buoyancy constitutes the forcing term of the convective vertical velocity, which is then used to define the triggering condition, the mass flux, and the rates of entrainment-detrainment. The buoyancy is also used in its vertically integrated form (CAPE) to determine the closure condition. The continuous treatment of convection, from dry thermals to deep precipitating convection, is achieved with the help of a continuous formulation of the entrainment-detrainment rates (depending on the convective vertical velocity) and of the CAPE relaxation time (depending on the convective over-turning time). The convective tendencies are directly expressed in terms of condensation and transport. Finally, the convective vertical velocity and condensates are fully prognostic, the latter being treated using the same microphysics scheme as for the resolved condensates but considering the convective environment. A Single Column Model (SCM) validation of this scheme is shown, allowing detailed comparisons with observed and explicitly simulated data. Four cases covering the convective spectrum are considered: over ocean, sensitivity to environmental moisture (S. Derbyshire) non precipitating shallow convection to deep precipitating convection, trade wind shallow convection (BOMEX) and strato-cumulus (FIRE), together with an entire continental diurnal cycle of convection (ARM). The emphasis is put on the characteristics of the scheme which enable a continuous treatment of convection. Then, a 3D LAM validation is presented considering an AMMA case with both observations and a CRM simulation using the same initial and lateral conditions as for the parameterized one. Finally, global

  15. Buoyancy waves in Pluto's high atmosphere: Implications for stellar occultations

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    Hubbard, W. B.; McCarthy, D. W.; Kulesa, C. A.; Benecchi, S. D.; Person, M. J.; Elliot, J. L.; Gulbis, A.A.S.

    2009-01-01

    We apply scintillation theory to stellar signal fluctuations in the high-resolution, high signal/noise, dual-wavelength data from the MMT observation of the 2007 March 18 occultation of P445.3 by Pluto. A well-defined high wavenumber cutoff in the fluctuations is consistent with viscous-thermal dissipation of buoyancy waves (internal gravity waves) in Pluto’s high atmosphere, and provides strong evidence that the underlying density fluctuations are governed by the gravity-wave dispersion rela...

  16. The effect of mechanical stirring on buoyancy-driven circulations

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    Tailleux, Remi; Rouleau, Lucie

    2009-01-01

    The theoretical analysis of the energetics of mechanically-stirred horizontal convection for a Boussinesq fluid yields the formula: G(APE) = \\gamma_{mixing} G(KE) + (1+\\gamma_{mixing}) W_{r,laminar} where G(APE) and G(KE) are the work rate done by the buoyancy and mechanical forcing respectively, \\gamma_{mixing} is the mixing efficiency, and W_{r,laminar} is the background rate of increase in gravitational potential energy due to molecular diffusion. The formula shows that mechanical stirring...

  17. Buoyancy Effect on MHD Flow Past a Permeable Bed

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    S. Venkataramana; D. Bathaiah

    1986-01-01

    In this paper, the effect of buoyancy force on the parallel flows bounded above by a rigid permeable plate which may be moving or stationary and below, by a permeable bed has been investigated. To discuss the solution, the flow region is divided into two zones. In Zone 1, the flow is laminar and is governed by the Navier-Stokes equations from the impermeable upper rigid plate to the permeable bed. In Zone 2, the flow is governed by the Darcy law in the permeable bed below the nominal surface....

  18. Alpha effect due to buoyancy instability of a magnetic layer

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    Chatterjee, Piyali; Mitra, Dhrubaditya; Rheinhardt, Matthias; Brandenburg, Axel

    2010-01-01

    A strong toroidal field can exist in form of a magnetic layer in the overshoot region below the solar convection zone. This motivates a more detailed study of the magnetic buoyancy instability with rotation. We calculate the alpha effect due to helical motions caused by a disintegrating magnetic layer in a rotating density-stratified system with angular velocity Omega making an angle theta with the vertical. We also study the dependence of the alpha effect on theta and the strength of the ini...

  19. The Evolution of a Double Diffusive Magnetic Buoyancy Instability

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    Silvers, Lara J; Brummell, Nicholas H; Proctor, Michael R E

    2011-01-01

    Recently, Silvers, Vasil, Brummell, & Proctor (2009), using numerical simulations, confirmed the existence of a double diffusive magnetic buoyancy instability of a layer of horizontal magnetic field produced by the interaction of a shear velocity field with a weak vertical field. Here, we demonstrate the longer term nonlinear evolution of such an instability in the simulations. We find that a quasi two-dimensional interchange instability rides (or "surfs") on the growing shear-induced background downstream field gradients. The region of activity expands since three-dimensional perturbations remain unstable in the wake of this upward-moving activity front, and so the three-dimensional nature becomes more noticeable with time.

  20. The Evolution of a Double Diffusive Magnetic Buoyancy Instability

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    Silvers, Lara J.; Vasil, Geoffrey M.; Brummell, Nicholas H.; Proctor, Michael R. E.

    2011-08-01

    Recently, Silvers et al. (2009b), using numerical simulations, confirmed the existence of a double diffusive magnetic buoyancy instability of a layer of horizontal magnetic field produced by the interaction of a shear velocity field with a weak vertical field. Here, we demonstrate the longer term nonlinear evolution of such an instability in the simulations. We find that a quasi two-dimensional interchange instability rides (or ``surfs'') on the growing shear-induced background downstream field gradients. The region of activity expands since three-dimensional perturbations remain unstable in the wake of this upward-moving activity front, and so the three-dimensional nature becomes more noticeable with time.

  1. Non-Gaussian buoyancy statistics in fingering convection

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    von Hardenberg, Jost

    2010-01-01

    We examine the statistics of active scalar fluctuations in high-Rayleigh number fingering convection with high-resolution three-dimensional numerical experiments. The one-point distribution of buoyancy fluctuations is found to present significantly non-Gaussian tails. A modified theory based on an original approach by Yakhot (1989) is used to model the active scalar distributions as a function of the conditional expectation values of scalar dissipation and fluxes in the flow. Simple models for these two quantities highlight the role of blob-like coherent structures for scalar statistics in fingering convection.

  2. An approach to modelling of intermittent buoyancy induced flow

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    Spencer, J. [Dept. of Engineering Physics, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)], E-mail: spencejh@mcmaster.ca

    2009-07-01

    In the event of a loss of forced circulation while at low power, heat sinks may be maintained by natural circulation phenomena including Intermittent Buoyancy Induced Flow (IBIF). The sensitivity of IBIF to a variety of parameters is an important consideration in determining its effectiveness as a cooling mechanism and in planning heat sinks. Although there has been some work done on IBIF in industry, there are no publicly available models of IBIF and very limited material available in open literature. This paper presents an outline of a proposed best-estimate IBIF model, to be used for uncertainty analysis. (author)

  3. Non-Gaussian buoyancy statistics in fingering convection

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    Hardenberg, Jost von, E-mail: j.vonhardenberg@isac.cnr.i [Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, CNR, Torino (Italy); Paparella, Francesco, E-mail: francesco.paparella@unisalento.i [Dip. di Matematica, Universita del Salento and CMCC, Lecce (Italy)

    2010-06-07

    We examine the statistics of active scalar fluctuations in high-Rayleigh number fingering convection with high-resolution three-dimensional numerical experiments. Marked non-Gaussian tails are found in the one-point distribution of buoyancy fluctuations. A modified theory based on an original approach by Yakhot (1989) is used to model the active scalar distributions as a function of the conditional expectation values of scalar dissipation and fluxes in the flow. Simple models for these two quantities highlight the role of blob-like coherent structures for scalar statistics in fingering convection.

  4. An approach to modelling of intermittent buoyancy induced flow

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    In the event of a loss of forced circulation while at low power, heat sinks may be maintained by natural circulation phenomena including Intermittent Buoyancy Induced Flow (IBIF). The sensitivity of IBIF to a variety of parameters is an important consideration in determining its effectiveness as a cooling mechanism and in planning heat sinks. Although there has been some work done on IBIF in industry, there are no publicly available models of IBIF and very limited material available in open literature. This paper presents an outline of a proposed best-estimate IBIF model, to be used for uncertainty analysis. (author)

  5. Modeling the Buoyancy System of a Wave Energy Power Plant

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    Pedersen, Tom S.; Nielsen, Kirsten M.

    2009-01-01

    A nonlinear dynamic model of the buoyancy system in a wave energy power plant is presented. The plant ("Wave Dragon") is a floating device using the potential energy in overtopping waves to produce power. A water reservoir is placed on top of the WD, and hydro turbines lead the water to the sea...... producing electrical power. Through air chambers it is possible to control the level of the WD. It is important to control the level in order to maximize the power production in proportion to the wave height, here the amount of overtopping water and the amount of potential energy is conflicting. The...

  6. Using surface integrals for checking the Archimedes' law of buoyancy

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    Lima, F. M. S.

    2011-01-01

    A mathematical derivation of the force exerted by an \\emph{inhomogeneous} (i.e., compressible) fluid on the surface of an \\emph{arbitrarily-shaped} body immersed in it is not found in literature, which may be attributed to our trust on Archimedes' law of buoyancy. However, this law, also known as Archimedes' principle (AP), does not yield the force observed when the body is in contact to the container walls, as is more evident in the case of a block immersed in a liquid and in contact to the ...

  7. Buoyancy Effects on Flow Transition in Low-Density Inertial Gas Jets

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    Pasumarthi, Kasyap S.; Agrawal, Ajay K.

    2005-01-01

    Effects of buoyancy on transition from laminar to turbulent flow are presented for momentum-dominated helium jet injected into ambient air. The buoyancy was varied in a 2.2-sec drop tower facility without affecting the remaining operating parameters. The jet flow in Earth gravity and microgravity was visualized using the rainbow schlieren deflectometry apparatus. Results show significant changes in the flow structure and transition behavior in the absence of buoyancy.

  8. Unexpected Positive Buoyancy in Deep Sea Sharks, Hexanchus griseus, and a Echinorhinus cookei

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    Itsumi Nakamura; Meyer, Carl G.; Katsufumi Sato

    2015-01-01

    We do not expect non air-breathing aquatic animals to exhibit positive buoyancy. Sharks, for example, rely on oil-filled livers instead of gas-filled swim bladders to increase their buoyancy, but are nonetheless ubiquitously regarded as either negatively or neutrally buoyant. Deep-sea sharks have particularly large, oil-filled livers, and are believed to be neutrally buoyant in their natural habitat, but this has never been confirmed. To empirically determine the buoyancy status of two specie...

  9. Buoyancy Effects upon Vapor Flame and Explosion Processes

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    Edelman, R. B.; Harsha, P. T.

    1985-01-01

    The objective of this microgravity project is to develop an experimental and theoretical analyses critical to the understanding of the coupling of buoyancy and turbulence generation and its effect on fuel-air mixing, flame intensity and flame propagation in jet diffusion flames. The experiment is designed to examine certain effects of buoyancy acting on a diffusion flame in which the flame is directed either upward or downward. This change from negative to positive g is observed to significantly alter the flame shape although all other operating conditions are the same for both configurations. However, to perform this experiment a significant coaxial secondary air flow is needed in order to prevent flow reversal when the flame is inverted. The theoretical analysis that has been developed handles the secondary air flow and the extreme change in gravity vector direction. Thus the data will provide a measure of credibility of the analysis which will then be used to assist in the design of the actual zero-g experiment.

  10. Response of mantle transition zone thickness to plume buoyancy flux

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    Das Sharma, S.; Ramesh, D. S.; Li, X.; Yuan, X.; Sreenivas, B.; Kind, R.

    2010-01-01

    The debate concerning thermal plumes in the Earth's mantle, their geophysical detection and depth characterization remains contentious. Available geophysical, petrological and geochemical evidence is at variance regarding the very existence of mantle plumes. Utilizing P-to-S converted seismic waves (P receiver functions) from the 410 and 660 km discontinuities, we investigate disposition of these boundaries beneath a number of prominent hotspot regions. The thickness of the mantle transition zone (MTZ), measured as P660s-P410s differential times (tMTZ), is determined. Our analyses suggest that the MTZ thickness beneath some hotspots correlates with the plume strength. The relationship between tMTZ, in response to the thermal perturbation, and the strength of plumes, as buoyancy flux B, follows a power law. This B-tMTZ behavior provides unprecedented insights into the relation of buoyancy flux and excess temperature at 410-660 km depth below hotspots. We find that the strongest hotspots, which are located in the Pacific, are indeed plumes originating at the MTZ or deeper. According to the detected power law, even the strongest plumes may not shrink the transition zone by significantly more than ~40 km (corresponding to a maximum of 300-400° excess temperature).

  11. Equilibrium models of coronal loops that involve curvature and buoyancy

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    Hindman, Bradley W. [JILA and Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0440 (United States); Jain, Rekha, E-mail: hindman@solarz.colorado.edu [School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom)

    2013-12-01

    We construct magnetostatic models of coronal loops in which the thermodynamics of the loop is fully consistent with the shape and geometry of the loop. This is achieved by treating the loop as a thin, compact, magnetic fibril that is a small departure from a force-free state. The density along the loop is related to the loop's curvature by requiring that the Lorentz force arising from this deviation is balanced by buoyancy. This equilibrium, coupled with hydrostatic balance and the ideal gas law, then connects the temperature of the loop with the curvature of the loop without resorting to a detailed treatment of heating and cooling. We present two example solutions: one with a spatially invariant magnetic Bond number (the dimensionless ratio of buoyancy to Lorentz forces) and the other with a constant radius of the curvature of the loop's axis. We find that the density and temperature profiles are quite sensitive to curvature variations along the loop, even for loops with similar aspect ratios.

  12. On the general concept of buoyancy in sedimentation and ultracentrifugation.

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    Piazza, Roberto; Buzzaccaro, Stefano; Secchi, Eleonora; Parola, Alberto

    2013-08-01

    Gravity or ultracentrifuge settling of colloidal particles and macromolecules usually involves several disperse species, either because natural and industrial colloids display a large size polydispersity, or because additives are put in on purpose to allow for density-based fractionation of the suspension. Such 'macromolecular crowding', however, may have surprising effects on sedimentation, for it strongly affects the buoyant force felt by a settling particle. Here we show that, as a matter of fact, the standard Archimedes' principle is just a limiting law, valid only for mesoscopic particles settling in a molecular fluid, and we obtain a fully general expression for the actual buoyancy force providing a microscopic basis to the general thermodynamic analysis of sedimentation in multi-component mixtures. The effective buoyancy also depends on the particle shape, being much more pronounced for thin rods and discs. Our model is successfully tested on simple colloidal mixtures, and used to predict rather unexpected effects, such as denser particles floating on top of a lighter fluid, which we actually observe in targeted experiments. This 'generalized Archimedes principle' may provide a tool to devise novel separation methods sensitive to particle size and shape. PMID:23913160

  13. Experimental studies and CFD calculations for buoyancy driven mixing phenomena

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    Silva, Marco Jose da, E-mail: M.dasilva@fzd.d [Institute of Safety Research, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany); Thiele, Sebastian; Hoehne, Thomas; Vaibar, Roman; Hampel, Uwe [Institute of Safety Research, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany)

    2010-09-15

    In nuclear reactor safety the mixing of borated and deborated water is a critical issue that needs investigation, assessment and prediction. Such mixing is buoyancy driven and numerical codes must correctly model momentum transfer between fluids of different density. To assess and develop CFD models for buoyancy driven mixing we set up a simple vertical mixing test facility (VeMix) and equipped it with a newly developed planar electrical imaging sensor. This imaging sensor acquires conductivity images of the liquid at the rear channel wall with a speed of 2,500 frames/s. By adding NaCl tracer to the denser fluid we were able to visualize the mixing process in high spatial and temporal detail. Furthermore, an image processing algorithm based on the optical flow concept was implemented and tested which allows the measurement of flow pattern velocities. Selected experiments at different Richardson numbers were run with two components of different density (pure water and glucose-water mixture) simulating borated and deborated water in a light water reactor scenario. These experiments were compared to CFD calculations using standard turbulence models. Good agreement between experimental data and CFD simulations was found.

  14. Equilibrium Models of Coronal Loops That Involve Curvature and Buoyancy

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    Hindman, Bradley W.; Jain, Rekha

    2013-12-01

    We construct magnetostatic models of coronal loops in which the thermodynamics of the loop is fully consistent with the shape and geometry of the loop. This is achieved by treating the loop as a thin, compact, magnetic fibril that is a small departure from a force-free state. The density along the loop is related to the loop's curvature by requiring that the Lorentz force arising from this deviation is balanced by buoyancy. This equilibrium, coupled with hydrostatic balance and the ideal gas law, then connects the temperature of the loop with the curvature of the loop without resorting to a detailed treatment of heating and cooling. We present two example solutions: one with a spatially invariant magnetic Bond number (the dimensionless ratio of buoyancy to Lorentz forces) and the other with a constant radius of the curvature of the loop's axis. We find that the density and temperature profiles are quite sensitive to curvature variations along the loop, even for loops with similar aspect ratios.

  15. Equilibrium models of coronal loops that involve curvature and buoyancy

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    Hindman, Bradley W

    2013-01-01

    We construct magnetostatic models of coronal loops in which the thermodynamics of the loop is fully consistent with the shape and geometry of the loop. This is achieved by treating the loop as a thin, compact, magnetic fibril that is a small departure from a force-free state. The density along the loop is related to the loop's curvature by requiring that the Lorentz force arising from this deviation is balanced by buoyancy. This equilibrium, coupled with hydrostatic balance and the ideal gas law, then connects the temperature of the loop with the curvature of the loop without resorting to a detailed treatment of heating and cooling. We present two example solutions: one with a spatially invariant magnetic Bond number (the dimensionless ratio of buoyancy to Lorentz forces) and the other with a constant radius of curvature of the loop's axis. We find that the density and temperature profiles are quite sensitive to curvature variations along the loop, even for loops with similar aspect ratios.

  16. Buoyancy Wave Interaction with Critical Levels in the Atmosphere

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    Rõõm, Rein; Zirk, Marko

    2013-04-01

    General non-linear internal buoyancy wave equation (BWE) is developed, which has the second (differential) order in space but the third order in time. The wave operator splitting method is then applied to the stationary BWE to get the orographically generated buoyancy waves in the thermally stratified atmosphere for altitude-variable wind conditions. The splitting method is further generalized to a critical level (CL) containing atmosphere. The CLs, which appear in the atmosphere (including the planetary boundary layer) if the wind weakens and changes direction or rotates with the altitude, will provide a break-up of the atmosphere to the regular (for BWE) layers separated by singular critical levels at which the differential order of the BWE is lowered. This lowering will cause either partial or full reflection of waves, though in the special fast wind altering case, the CL can prove transparent, too. The wave modelling examples for different CLs are provided. Classification of the wind situations with respect to the various reflection-transparency types of CL is vital for wave stress (vertical flux of mean horizontal momentum) and upper-level wave breaking study. ------------------------------------------------------------------ This research is supported by Estonian Science Foundation Grant 9134 and Estonian Research Council TF Project SF0180038s08.

  17. On the general concept of buoyancy in sedimentation and ultracentrifugation

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    Gravity or ultracentrifuge settling of colloidal particles and macromolecules usually involves several disperse species, either because natural and industrial colloids display a large size polydispersity, or because additives are put in on purpose to allow for density-based fractionation of the suspension. Such ‘macromolecular crowding’, however, may have surprising effects on sedimentation, for it strongly affects the buoyant force felt by a settling particle. Here we show that, as a matter of fact, the standard Archimedes' principle is just a limiting law, valid only for mesoscopic particles settling in a molecular fluid, and we obtain a fully general expression for the actual buoyancy force providing a microscopic basis to the general thermodynamic analysis of sedimentation in multi-component mixtures. The effective buoyancy also depends on the particle shape, being much more pronounced for thin rods and discs. Our model is successfully tested on simple colloidal mixtures, and used to predict rather unexpected effects, such as denser particles floating on top of a lighter fluid, which we actually observe in targeted experiments. This ‘generalized Archimedes principle’ may provide a tool to devise novel separation methods sensitive to particle size and shape. (paper)

  18. Mechanical power input from buoyancy and wind to the circulation in an ocean model

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    Saenz, J. A.; Hogg, A. M.; Hughes, G. O.; Griffiths, R. W.

    2012-07-01

    We make a systematic quantitative comparison of the effects that surface buoyancy forcing and wind stress have on the energy balance of an idealized, rotating, pole-to-pole ocean model with a zonally re-entrant channel in the south, forced by realistic heat (buoyancy) fluxes and wind stresses representative of global climatology. Surface buoyancy fluxes and wind stress forcing are varied independently; both have significant effects on the reservoirs of various forms of energy and the rates of transfer between them. Importantly, we show for the first time that in the ocean, each power input has a positive feedback on the other. Changes in the rate of generation of available potential energy by buoyancy fluxes at the surface lead to similar changes in the rate of conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy by buoyancy forces (sinking) in the interior, and to changes in the rate of generation of kinetic energy by wind stress. Conversely, changes in the rate of generation of kinetic energy by wind stress lead to changes in the rate of generation of available potential energy by buoyancy forcing. We discuss how this feedback is mediated by the circumpolar current, and processes involving buoyancy, mixing and geostrophic balances. Our results support the notion that surface buoyancy forcing, along with wind and tidal forcing, plays an active role in the energy balance of the oceans. The overturning circulation in the oceans is not the result of a single driving force. Rather, it is a manifestation of a complex and subtle balance.

  19. Field evidence for buoyancy-driven water flow in a Sphagnum dominated peat bog

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    Adema, E.B.; Baaijens, G. J.; van Belle, J.; Rappoldt, C.; Grootjans, A. P.; Smolders, A. J. P.

    2006-01-01

    Nocturnal buoyancy-driven water flow in bogs is proposed as a mechanism to replenish the nutrient availability in the top of the acrotelm. In an earlier paper, we provided evidence for buoyancy-driven water flow on theoretical and experimental grounds. In this paper, field evidence is given for the

  20. Effects of Buoyancy on the Flowfields of Lean Premixed Turbulent V-Flames

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    Cheng, R. K.; Bedat, B.; Yegian, D. T.; Greenberg, P.

    1999-01-01

    Open laboratory turbulent flames used for investigating fundamental flame turbulence interactions are greatly affected by buoyancy. Though much of our current knowledge is based on observations made in open flames, buoyancy effects are usually not considered in data interpretation, numerical analysis or theories. This inconsistency remains an obstacle to merging experimental observations and theoretical predictions. To better understanding the effects of buoyancy, our research focuses on steady lean premixed flames propagating in fully developed turbulence. We hypothesize that the most significant role of buoyancy forces on these flames is to influence their flowfields through a coupling with the mean and the fluctuating pressure fields. This coupling relates to the elliptical problem that emphasizes the importance of the upstream, wall and downstream boundary conditions in determining all aspects of flame propagation. Therefore, buoyancy has the same significance as other parameters such as flow configuration, and flame geometry.

  1. Statistical Change Detection for Diagnosis of Buoyancy Element Defects on Moored Floating Vessels

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    Blanke, Mogens; Fang, Shaoji; Galeazzi, Roberto; Leira, Bernt J.

    Floating platforms with mooring systems are used extensively in off-shore operations. Part of the mooring systems are underwater buoyancy elements that are attached to the mooring lines. Loss or damage of a buoyancy element is invisible but changes the characteristics of the mooring system and...... alters its ability to provide the necessary responses to withstand loads from weather. Damage of a buoyancy element increases the operation risk and could even cause abortion during an oil-offloading. The objective of this paper is to diagnose the loss of a buoyancy element using diagnostic methods....... After residual generation, statistical change detection scheme is derived from mathematical models supported by experimental data. To experimentally verify loss of an underwater buoyancy element, an underwater line breaker is designed to create realistic replication of abrupt faults. The paper analyses...

  2. Bivariate conditional sampling of buoyancy flux during an intense cold-air outbreak

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    Chou, Shu-Hsien; Zimmerman, Jeffrey

    1989-01-01

    The joint frequency distribution technique was used to analyze buoyancy fluxes in the marine atmospheric boundary layer (MABL) for the cloud street regime noted during the Genesis of Atlantic Lows Experiment. It is found that for the lower half of the MABL, the buoyancy flux is mainly generated by the rising thermals and the sinking compensating ambient air, and is mainly consumed by the entrainment and detrainment of thermals, penetrative convection, and the entrainment from the MABL top. If the buoyancy flux is primarily driven by the temperature flux, these buoyancy-flux generating processes should be the same for the lower boundary layers over land and ocean. The results of the scale analysis of the buoyancy flux agree well with those obtained for mesoscale cellular convection during the Air-Mass Transformation Experiment.

  3. Magma zonation - Effects of chemical buoyancy and diffusion

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    Spera, Frank J.; Oldenburg, Curtis M.; Yuen, David A.

    1989-01-01

    Numerical simulations and scale analysis are used to assess the viability of the marginal box-filling mechanism for producing compositional zonation in magma bodies. Scale analysis and two-dimensional numerical experiments both show that box-filling occurs provided a critical ratio of compositional-to-thermal buoyancy is exceeded. This critical ratio depends on the ratio of thermal-to-chemical diffusivity; application of this result to magma bodies suggests that box-filling may occur for components with relatively high-chemical diffusivities such as water. However, box-filling will not produce significant zonation for components with small chemical diffusivities, such as silica, unless diffusive coupling increases silica diffusivity.

  4. The mean electromotive force resulting from magnetic buoyancy instability

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    Davies, C R

    2010-01-01

    Motivated both by considerations of the generation of large-scale astrophysical magnetic fields and by potential problems with mean magnetic field generation by turbulent convection, we investigate the mean electromotive force (emf) resulting from the magnetic buoyancy instability of a rotating layer of stratified magnetic field, considering both unidirectional and sheared fields. We discuss why the traditional decomposition into $\\alpha$ and $\\beta$ effects is inappropriate in this case, and that it is only consideration of the entire mean emf that is meaningful. By considering a weighted average of the unstable linear eigenmodes, and averaging over the horizontal plane, we obtain depth-dependent emfs. For the simplified case of isothermal, ideal MHD we are able to obtain an analytic expression for the emf; more generally the emf has to be determined numerically. We calculate how the emf depends on the various parameters of the problem, particularly the rotation rate and the latitude of the magnetic layer.

  5. Buoyancy Instabilities in a Weakly Collisional Intracluster Medium

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    Kunz, Matthew W; Reynolds, Christopher S; Stone, James M

    2012-01-01

    The intracluster medium of galaxy clusters is a weakly collisional, high-beta plasma in which the transport of heat and momentum occurs primarily along magnetic-field lines. Anisotropic heat conduction allows convective instabilities to be driven by temperature gradients of either sign, the magnetothermal instability (MTI) in the outskirts of non-isothermal clusters and the heat-flux buoyancy-driven instability (HBI) in their cooling cores. We employ the Athena MHD code to investigate the nonlinear evolution of these instabilities, self-consistently including the effects of anisotropic viscosity (i.e. Braginskii pressure anisotropy), anisotropic conduction, and radiative cooling. We highlight the importance of the microscale instabilities that inevitably accompany and regulate the pressure anisotropies generated by the HBI and MTI. We find that, in all but the innermost regions of cool-core clusters, anisotropic viscosity significantly impairs the ability of the HBI to reorient magnetic-field lines orthogonal...

  6. The Mean Electromotive Force Resulting from Magnetic Buoyancy Instability

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    Davies, C. R.; Hughes, D. W.

    2011-02-01

    Motivated both by considerations of the generation of large-scale astrophysical magnetic fields and by potential problems with mean magnetic field generation by turbulent convection, we investigate the mean electromotive force (emf) resulting from the magnetic buoyancy instability of a rotating layer of stratified magnetic field, considering both unidirectional and sheared fields. We discuss why the traditional decomposition into α and β effects is inappropriate in this case, and that it is only consideration of the entire mean emf that is meaningful. By considering a weighted average of the unstable linear eigenmodes, and averaging over the horizontal plane, we obtain depth-dependent emfs. For the simplified case of isothermal, ideal MHD, we are able to obtain an analytic expression for the emf; more generally, the emf has to be determined numerically. We calculate how the emf depends on the various parameters of the problem, particularly the rotation rate and the latitude of the magnetic layer.

  7. Prediction of turbulent cavity flow driven by buoyancy and shear

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    A finite-difference numerical procedure, incorporating a buoyant of the k-turbulence model, is employed to compute turbulent, mixed convection in a square cavity for Reynolds number Re=104 to 2x105, and Archimedes number Ar=0 to 0.4. For Ar>0.04 stable advancement of the solution procedure is obtained only through the use of an 'inertial relaxation' method. The calculated flow, temperature, and turbulence fields are presented and compared with available experimental data. At high Re and low Ar the predicted heat transfer agrees with the correlation Nu=1.16 Resup(0.5). When buoyancy is pronounced the computed Nu is some 15 per cent higher than the data; this is suspected to be due to the turbulence model, and possible improvements to the model are suggested. (U.K.)

  8. Buoyancy-driven mixing of fluids in a confined geometry

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    The present work based on Direct Numerical Simulations is devoted to the study of mixing between two miscible fluids of different densities. The movement of these fluids is induced by buoyancy. Three geometries are considered: a cylindrical tube, a square channel and a plane two-dimensional flow. For cylindrical tubes, the results of numerical simulations fully confirm previous experimental findings by Seon et al., especially regarding the existence of three different flow regimes, depending on the tilt angle. The comparison of the various geometries shows that tridimensional flows in tubes or channels are similar, whereas the two-dimensional model fails to give reliable information about real 3D flows, either from a quantitative point of view or for a phenomenological understanding. A peculiar attention is put on a joint analysis of the concentration and vorticity fields and allows us to explain several subtle aspects of the mixing dynamics. (author)

  9. Buoyancy and Pressure Effects on Bulk Metal-Oxygen Reactions

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    Abbud-Madrid, A.; McKnight, C.; Branch, M. C.; Daily, J. W.; Friedman, R. (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    The combustion behavior of metal-oxygen reactions if a weakly buoyant environment is studied to understand the rate-controlling mechanisms in the homogeneous and heterogeneous combustion of bulk metals. Cylindrical titanium and magnesium specimens are ignited in pure-oxygen at pressures ranging from 0.1 to 4.0 atm. Reduced gravity is obtained from an aircraft flying parabolic trajectories. A weakly buoyant environment is generated at low pressures under normal gravity and also at 1 atm under reduced gravity (0.01g). The similarity between these two experimental conditions comes from the p(exp 2)g buoyancy scale extracted from the Grashof number. Lower propagation rates of the molten interface on titanium samples are found at progressively lower pressures at 1 g. These rates are compared to theoretical results from heat conduction analyses with a diffusion/convection controlled reaction. The close agreement found between experimental and theoretical values indicate the importance values indicate the importance of natural convection enhanced oxygen transport on combustion rates. For magnesium, progressively longer burning times are experienced at lower pressures and 1 g. Under reduced gravity conditions at 1 atm, a burning time twice as long as in 1 g is exhibited. However, in this case, the validity of the p(exp 2)g buoyancy scale remains untested due to the inability to obtain steady gas-phase burning of the magnesium sample at 0.1 atm. Nevertheless, longer burning times and larger flame standoff distance at low pressures and at low gravity points to a diffusion/convection controlled reaction.

  10. Buoyancy driven flow within an inclined elliptic enclosure

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    Mahfouz, F.M. [Mechanical Engineering Department, UET, Taxila (Pakistan)

    2011-10-15

    Buoyancy driven flow and associated heat convection in an elliptical enclosure has been investigated. The enclosure which is the space between two horizontal concentric confocal elliptic tubes is heated through its inner tube surface which is maintained at either uniform temperature or uniform heat flux. The induced buoyancy driven flow and the associated heat convection are predicted at different enclosure orientations. The full governing equations in terms of vorticity, stream function and temperature are solved numerically using Fourier Spectral Method. Beside Rayleigh and Prandtl numbers the heat convection process in the enclosure depends on the geometry of the enclosure and the angle of inclination with respect to gravity vector. The geometry of the enclosure is represented in terms of major axes ratio and axis ratio of inner tube. The study considered a moderate range of Rayleigh numbers between 5 x 10{sup 3} and 1 x 10{sup 5} while Prandtl number is fixed at 0.7. The inner tube axis ratio is considered between 0 and 1 while the ratio between the two major axes is considered up to 3. The angle of inclination of the minor axes with respect to gravity vector is varied from 0 to 90 deg.. The results for local and average Nusselt numbers as well as temperature distribution are obtained and discussed together with the details of both flow and thermal fields. For isothermal heating conditions, the study has shown an optimum value for major axes ratio that minimizes the rate of heat transfer in the enclosure. While in case of heating at uniform heat flux the study revealed existence of major axes ratio at which the mean temperature of the inner wall is maximum. Another aspect of this paper is the prediction of global flow circulation around the inner tube in case of asymmetrical orientation of the enclosure with respect to the gravity vector. (authors)

  11. Buoyancy, bending, and seismic visibility in deep slab stagnation

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    Bina, Craig R.; Kawakatsu, Hitoshi; Suetsugu, D.; Bina, C.; Inoue, T.; Wiens, D.; Jellinek, M.

    2010-11-01

    The petrological consequences of deep subhorizontal deflection ("stagnation") of subducting slabs should affect both apparent seismic velocity structures and slab morphology. We construct kinematic thermal models of stagnant slabs and perform thermodynamic modeling of the consequent perturbation of high-pressure phase transitions in mantle minerals, focusing upon Japan as our study area. We calculate associated thermo-petrological buoyancy forces and bending moments which (along with other factors such as viscosity variations and rollback dynamics) may contribute to slab deformation. We consider effects of variations in depth of stagnation, post-stagnation dip angle, phase transition sharpness, transition triplication due to multiple intersection of geotherms with phase boundaries, and potential persistence of metastable phases due to kinetic hindrance. We also estimate seismic velocity anomalies, as might be imaged by seismic tomography, and corresponding seismic velocity gradients, as might be imaged by receiver-function analysis. We find that buoyant bending moment gradients of petrological origin at the base of the transition zone may contribute to slab stagnation. Such buoyancy forces vary with the depth at which stagnation occurs, so that slabs may seek an equilibrium slab stagnation depth. Metastable phase bending moment gradients further enhance slab stagnation, but they thermally decay after ∱/4600•700 km of horizontal travel, potentially allowing stagnant slabs to descend into the lower mantle. Stagnant slabs superimpose zones of negative velocity gradient onto a depressed 660-km seismic discontinuity, affecting the seismological visibility of such features. Seismologically resolvable details should depend upon both stagnation depth and the nature of the imaging technique (travel-time tomography vs. boundary-interaction phases). While seismic tomography appears to yield images of stagnant slabs, discontinuity topography beneath Japan resolved by

  12. Effect of buoyancy on power deposition in microwave cavity hydrogen plasma source

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    Prasanna, S.; Rond, C.; Michau, A.; Hassouni, K.; Gicquel, A.

    2016-08-01

    A self-consistent model describing the coupling of resonant microwave radiation and plasma has been constructed. This model improves upon the models developed by Hassouni et al and Hagelaar et al, in 1999 and 2004, respectively with inclusion of hydrodynamic effects. The model has been used to study the effect of buoyancy on power deposition in microwave assisted hydrogen plasmas at different operating pressures over the range 25–300 mbar and power over the range 400 and 4000 W. Three cases viz. normal reactor (g  =  ‑9.81 m s‑2, negative buoyancy), pure diffusion (g  =  0 m s‑2) and the inverted case (g  =  9.81 m s‑2, positive buoyancy) were considered. Buoyancy effects in the cavity become important at high power / pressure operating conditions. The formation of a secondary plasma zone is strongly increased in the presence of negative buoyancy, while positive buoyancy and diffusion cases are more stable. Also the density of atomic hydrogen close to the substrate is larger with a wider radial spread for the positive buoyancy case over normal operating conditions which augurs well for achieving good deposition of diamond.

  13. Catastrophic caldera-forming eruptions II: The subordinate role of magma buoyancy as an eruption trigger

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    Gregg, Patricia M.; Grosfils, Eric B.; de Silva, Shanaka L.

    2015-10-01

    Recent analytical investigations have suggested that magma buoyancy is critical for triggering catastrophic caldera forming eruptions. Through detailed assessment of these approaches, we illustrate how analytical models have been misapplied for investigating buoyancy and are, therefore, incorrect and inconclusive. Nevertheless, the hypothesis that buoyancy is the critical trigger for larger eruptions warrants further investigation. As such, we utilize viscoelastic finite element models that incorporate buoyancy to test overpressure evolution and mechanical failure in the roof due to the coalescence of large buoyant magma bodies for two model cases. In the first case, we mimic empirical approaches and include buoyancy as an explicit boundary condition. In the second set of models, buoyancy is calculated implicitly due to the density contrast between the magma in the reservoir and the host rock. Results from these numerical experiments indicate that buoyancy promotes only minimal overpressurization of large silicic magma reservoirs (implementations and the results from the numerical experiments, we conclude that buoyancy does not provide an eruption triggering mechanism for large silicic systems. Therefore, correlations of buoyancy with magma residence times, the eruption frequency-volume relationship, and the dimensions of calderas are re-assessed. We find a causal relationship with magma reservoir volume that implicates the mechanical conditions of the host rock as a primary control on eruption frequency. As magma reservoirs grow in size (> 100 km3) they surpass a rheological threshold where their subsequent evolution is controlled by host rock mechanics. Consequently, this results in a thermomechanical division between small systems that are triggered "internally" by magmatic processes and large systems that are triggered "externally" by faulting related to roof uplift or tectonism. Finally, critical assessment of recent analytical approaches illustrates that care

  14. Kinematic features of whole-body reaching movements underwater: Neutral buoyancy effects.

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    Macaluso, T; Bourdin, C; Buloup, F; Mille, M-L; Sainton, P; Sarlegna, F R; Taillebot, V; Vercher, J-L; Weiss, P; Bringoux, L

    2016-07-01

    Astronauts' training is conventionally performed in a pool to reproduce weightlessness by exploiting buoyancy which is supposed to reduce the impact of gravity on the body. However, this training method has not been scientifically validated yet, and requires first to study the effects of underwater exposure on motor behavior. We examined the influence of neutral buoyancy on kinematic features of whole-body reaching underwater and compared them with those produced on land. Eight professional divers were asked to perform arm reaching movements toward visual targets while standing. Targets were presented either close or far from the subjects (requiring in the latter case an additional whole-body displacement). Reaching movements were performed on land or underwater in two different contexts of buoyancy. The divers either wore a diving suit only with neutral buoyancy applied to their center of mass or were additionally equipped with a submersible simulated space suit with neutral buoyancy applied to their body limbs. Results showed that underwater exposure impacted basic movement features, especially movement speed which was reduced. However, movement kinematics also differed according to the way buoyancy was exerted on the whole-body. When neutral buoyancy was applied to the center of mass only, some focal and postural components of whole-body reaching remained close to land observations, notably when considering the relative deceleration duration of arm elevation and concomitant forward trunk bending when reaching the far target. On the contrary, when neutral buoyancy was exerted on body segments, movement kinematics were close to those reported in weightlessness, as reflected by the arm deceleration phase and the whole-body forward displacement when reaching the far target. These results suggest that astronauts could benefit from the application of neutral buoyancy across the whole-body segments to optimize underwater training and acquire specific motor skills which

  15. Basal buoyancy and fast-moving glaciers: in defense of analytic force balance

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    van der Veen, C. J.

    2016-06-01

    The geometric approach to force balance advocated by T. Hughes in a series of publications has challenged the analytic approach by implying that the latter does not adequately account for basal buoyancy on ice streams, thereby neglecting the contribution to the gravitational driving force associated with this basal buoyancy. Application of the geometric approach to Byrd Glacier, Antarctica, yields physically unrealistic results, and it is argued that this is because of a key limiting assumption in the geometric approach. A more traditional analytic treatment of force balance shows that basal buoyancy does not affect the balance of forces on ice streams, except locally perhaps, through bridging effects.

  16. Nearshore bar migration and sediment-induced buoyancy effects

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    Falchetti, Silvia; Conley, Daniel C.; Brocchini, Maurizio; Elgar, Steve

    2010-02-01

    A 1-D General Ocean Turbulence Model that includes the effects of sediment-induced stratification is shown to simulate the observed onshore and offshore migration of a nearshore sandbar. The only two free parameters of the model, the bed reference concentration and the sediment diffusivity, are taken from the literature, rather than tuned to the data used here. The model results suggest that predictions of onshore bar migration, in which wave-induced sediment transport confined to within a few centimeters of the bottom dominates, are not greatly affected by accounting for buoyancy effects. The model results also suggest that both mean flows and waves transport sediment during offshore bar migration, with different components of transport dominating at different cross-shore locations across the bar-trough bathymetry. Neglecting the effects of sediment-induced stratification results in higher model skill during the largest waves, likely because the excess turbulence production simulated by the non-stratified model is counterbalanced by neglected breaking-wave-generated turbulence. Considering both onshore and offshore migration, the model that includes sediment-induced stratification has higher skill than the model without stratification.

  17. Buoyancy Effects in Fully-Modulated, Turbulent Diffusion Flames

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    Hermanson, J. C.; Johari, H.; Ghaem-Maghami, E.; Stocker, D. P.; Hegde, U. G.; Page, K. L.

    2003-01-01

    Pulsed combustion appears to have the potential to provide for rapid fuel/air mixing, compact and economical combustors, and reduced exhaust emissions. The objective of this experiment (PuFF, for Pulsed-Fully Flames) is to increase the fundamental understanding of the fuel/air mixing and combustion behavior of pulsed, turbulent diffusion flames by conducting experiments in microgravity. In this research the fuel jet is fully-modulated (i.e., completely shut off between pulses) by an externally controlled valve system. This gives rise to drastic modification of the combustion and flow characteristics of flames, leading to enhanced fuel/air mixing compared to acoustically excited or partially-modulated jets. Normal-gravity experiments suggest that the fully-modulated technique also has the potential for producing turbulent jet flames significantly more compact than steady flames with no increase in exhaust emissions. The technique also simplifies the combustion process by avoiding the acoustic forcing generally present in pulsed combustors. Fundamental issues addressed in this experiment include the impact of buoyancy on the structure and flame length, temperatures, radiation, and emissions of fully-modulated flames.

  18. Effects of buoyancy on gas jet diffusion flames

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    Bahadori, M. Yousef; Edelman, Raymond B.

    1993-01-01

    The objective of this effort was to gain a better understanding of the fundamental phenomena involved in laminar gas jet diffusion flames in the absence of buoyancy by studying the transient phenomena of ignition and flame development, (quasi-) steady-state flame characteristics, soot effects, radiation, and, if any, extinction phenomena. This involved measurements of flame size and development, as well as temperature and radiation. Additionally, flame behavior, color, and luminosity were observed and recorded. The tests quantified the effects of Reynolds number, nozzle size, fuel reactivity and type, oxygen concentration, and pressure on flame characteristics. Analytical and numerical modeling efforts were also performed. Methane and propane flames were studied in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower and the 5.18-Second Zero-Gravity Facility of NASA LeRC. In addition, a preliminary series of tests were conducted in the KC-135 research aircraft. Both micro-gravity and normal-gravity flames were studied in this program. The results have provided unique and new information on the behavior and characteristics of gas jet diffusion flames in micro-gravity environments.

  19. Alpha effect due to buoyancy instability of a magnetic layer

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    Chatterjee, Piyali; Rheinhardt, Matthias; Brandenburg, Axel

    2010-01-01

    A strong toroidal field can exist in form of a magnetic layer in the overshoot region below the solar convection zone. This motivates a more detailed study of the magnetic buoyancy instability with rotation. We calculate the alpha effect due to helical motions caused by a disintegrating magnetic layer in a rotating density-stratified system with angular velocity Omega making an angle theta with the vertical. We also study the dependence of the alpha effect on theta and the strength of the initial magnetic field. We carry out three-dimensional hydromagnetic simulations in Cartesian geometry. A turbulent EMF due to the correlations of the small scale velocity and magnetic field is generated. We use the test-field method to calculate the transport coefficients of the inhomogeneous turbulence produced by the layer. We show that the growth rate of the instability and the twist of the magnetic field vary monotonically with the ratio of thermal conductivity to magnetic diffusivity. The resulting alpha effect is inho...

  20. Where is the level of neutral buoyancy for deep convection?

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    Takahashi, Hanii; Luo, Zhengzhao

    2012-08-01

    This study revisits an old concept in meteorology - level of neutral buoyancy (LNB). The classic definition of LNB is derived from the parcel theory and can be estimated from the ambient sounding (LNB_sounding) without having to observe any actual convective cloud development. In reality, however, convection interacts with the environment in complicated ways; it will eventually manage to find its own effective LNB and manifests it through detraining masses and developing anvils (LNB_observation). This study conducts a near-global survey of LNB_observation for tropical deep convection using CloudSat data and makes comparison with the corresponding LNB_sounding. The principal findings are as follows: First, although LNB_sounding provides a reasonable upper bound for convective development, correlation between LNB_sounding and LNB_observation is low suggesting that ambient sounding contains limited information for accurately predicting the actual LNB. Second, maximum mass outflow is located more than 3 km lower than LNB_sounding. Hence, from convective transport perspective, LNB_sounding is a significant overestimate of the “destination” height level of the detrained mass. Third, LNB_observation is consistently higher over land than over ocean, although LNB_sounding is similar between land and ocean. This difference is likely related to the contrasts in convective strength and environment between land and ocean. Finally, we estimate the bulk entrainment rates associated with the observed deep convection, which can serve as an observational basis for adjusting GCM cumulus parameterization.

  1. Using surface integrals for checking the Archimedes' law of buoyancy

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    Lima, F M S

    2011-01-01

    A mathematical derivation of the force exerted by an \\emph{inhomogeneous} (i.e., compressible) fluid on the surface of an \\emph{arbitrarily-shaped} body immersed in it is not found in literature, which may be attributed to our trust on Archimedes' law of buoyancy. However, this law, also known as Archimedes' principle (AP), does not yield the force observed when the body is in contact to the container walls, as is more evident in the case of a block immersed in a liquid and in contact to the bottom, in which a \\emph{downward} force that \\emph{increases with depth} is observed. In this work, by taking into account the surface integral of the pressure force exerted by a fluid over the surface of a body, the general validity of AP is checked. For a body fully surrounded by a fluid, homogeneous or not, a gradient version of the divergence theorem applies, yielding a volume integral that simplifies to an upward force which agrees to the force predicted by AP, as long as the fluid density is a \\emph{continuous func...

  2. Control of a Buoyancy-Based Pilot Underwater Lifting Body

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    Finn Haugen

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper is about position control of a specific small-scale pilot underwater lifting body where the lifting force stems from buoyancy adjusted with an air pocket in the lifting body. A mathematical model is developed to get a basis for a simulator which is used for testing and for designing the control system, including tuning controller parameters. A number of different position controller solutions were tried both on a simulator and on the physical system. Successful control on both the simulator and the physical system was obtained with cascade control based on feedback from measured position and height of the air pocket in the lifting body. The primary and the secondary controllers of the cascade control system were tuned using Skogestad's model-based PID tuning rules. Feedforward from estimated load force was implemented in combination with the cascade control system, giving a substantial improvement of the position control system, both with varying position reference and varying disturbance (load mass.

  3. Alpha effect due to buoyancy instability of a magnetic layer

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    Chatterjee, P.; Mitra, D.; Rheinhardt, M.; Brandenburg, A.

    2011-10-01

    Context. A strong toroidal field can exist in form of a magnetic layer in the overshoot region below the solar convection zone. This motivates a more detailed study of the magnetic buoyancy instability with rotation. Aims: We calculate the α effect due to helical motions caused by an unstable magnetic layer in a rotating density-stratified system with angular velocity Ω making an angle θ with the vertical. We also study the dependence of the α effect on θ and the strength of the initial magnetic field. Methods: We carry out three-dimensional hydromagnetic simulations in Cartesian geometry. A turbulent electromotive force (EMF) due to the correlations of the small scale velocity and magnetic field is generated. We use the test-field method to calculate the transport coefficients of the inhomogeneous turbulence produced by the layer. Results: We show that the growth rate of the instability and the twist of the magnetic field vary monotonically with the ratio of thermal conductivity to magnetic diffusivity. The resulting α effect is non-uniform and increases with the strength of the initial magnetic field. It is thus an example of an "anti-quenched" α effect. The α effect is also nonlocal, i.e. scale dependent, requiring around 8-16 Fourier modes to reconstruct the actual mean EMF based on the actual mean field.

  4. Buoyancy Instabilities in Weakly Magnetized Low Collisionality Plasmas

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    Quataert, Eliot

    2007-01-01

    I calculate the linear stability of a stratified low collisionality plasma in the presence of a weak magnetic field. Heat is assumed to flow only along magnetic field lines. In the absence of a heat flux in the background plasma, Balbus (2000) demonstrated that plasmas in which the temperature increases in the direction of gravity are buoyantly unstable to convective-like motions (the ``magnetothermal instability''). I show that in the presence of a background heat flux, an analogous instability is present when the temperature decreases in the direction of gravity. The instability is driven by the background heat flux and the fastest growing mode has a growth time of order the local dynamical time. Thus, independent of the sign of the temperature gradient, weakly magnetized low collisionality plasmas are unstable on a dynamical time to magnetically-mediated buoyancy instabilities. The instability described in this paper is predicted to be present in clusters of galaxies at radii from ~ 0.1-100 kpc, where the ...

  5. Buoyancy and Penrose Process Produce Jets from Rotating Black Holes

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    Semenov, V S; Heyn, M F

    2014-01-01

    The exact mechanism by which astrophysical jets are formed is still unknown. It is believed that necessary elements are a rotating (Kerr) black hole and a magnetised accreting plasma. We model the accreting plasma as a collection of magnetic flux tubes/strings. If such a tube falls into a Kerr black hole, then the leading portion loses angular momentum and energy as the string brakes, and to compensate for this loss, momentum and energy is redistributed to the trailing portion of the tube.} {We found that buoyancy creates a pronounced helical magnetic field structure aligned with the spin axis. Along the field lines, the plasma is centrifugally accelerated close to the speed of light. This process leads to unlimited stretching of the flux tube since one part of the tube continues to fall into the black hole and simultaneously the other part of the string is pushed outward. Eventually, reconnection cuts the tube, the inner part is filled with new material and the outer part forms a collimated bubble-structured...

  6. Using surface integrals for checking Archimedes' law of buoyancy

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    A mathematical derivation of the force exerted by an inhomogeneous (i.e. compressible) fluid on the surface of an arbitrarily shaped body immersed in it is not found in the literature, which may be attributed to our trust in Archimedes' law of buoyancy. However, this law, also known as Archimedes' principle (AP), does not yield the force observed when the body is in contact with the container walls, as is more evident in the case of a block immersed in a liquid and in contact with the bottom, in which a downward force that increases with depth is observed. In this work, by taking into account the surface integral of the pressure force exerted by a fluid over the surface of a body, the general validity of AP is checked. For a body fully surrounded by a fluid, homogeneous or not, a gradient version of the divergence theorem applies, yielding a volume integral that simplifies to an upward force which agrees with the force predicted by AP, as long as the fluid density is a continuous function of depth. For the bottom case, this approach yields a downward force that increases with depth, which contrasts to AP but is in agreement with experiments. It also yields a formula for this force which shows that it increases with the area of contact.

  7. Annual and seasonal mean buoyancy fluxes for the tropical Indian Ocean

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    Prasad, T.G.

    INSAT-derived monthly mean precipitation, combined with estimates of evaporation from COADS, are used to prepare the annual mean and seasonal distributions of evaporation-precipitation (E-P)) and buoyancy fluxes for the tropical Indian Ocean...

  8. Numerical simulations of the magnetorotational instability in protoneutron stars: I. Influence of buoyancy

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    Guilet, Jerome

    2015-01-01

    The magneto-rotational instability (MRI) is considered to be a promising mechanism to amplify the magnetic field in fast rotating protoneutron stars. In contrast to accretion disks, radial buoyancy driven by entropy and lepton fraction gradients is expected to have a dynamical role as important as rotation and shear. We investigate the poorly known impact of buoyancy on the non-linear phase of the MRI, by means of three dimensional numerical simulations of a local model in the equatorial plane of a protoneutron star. The use of the Boussinesq approximation allows us to utilise a shearing box model with clean shearing periodic boundary conditions, while taking into account the buoyancy driven by radial entropy and composition gradients. We find significantly stronger turbulence and magnetic fields in buoyantly unstable flows. On the other hand, buoyancy has only a limited impact on the strength of turbulence and magnetic field amplification for buoyantly stable flows in the presence of a realistic thermal diff...

  9. Sensitivity of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation to surface buoyancy forcing

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    Morrison, Adele K.; Hogg, Andrew M.; Ward, Marshall L.

    2011-07-01

    The sensitivity of the Southern Ocean overturning to altered surface buoyancy forcing is investigated in a series of eddy-permitting, idealised simulations. The modelled response indicates that heat and freshwater fluxes in the Southern Hemisphere mid-latitudes may play a significant role in setting the strength of the overturning circulation. Enhanced buoyancy fluxes act to increase the meridional overturning up to a limit approaching the wind-driven Ekman transport. The sensitivity of the overturning to surface buoyancy forcing is strongly dependent on the relative locations of the wind stress profile, buoyancy forcing and upwelling region. The numerical simulations provide support for the hypothesis that changes in upwelling during deglaciations may have been driven by changes in heat and freshwater fluxes, instead of, or in addition to, changes in wind stress.

  10. Buoyancy package for self-contained acoustic doppler current profiler mooring

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    Venkatesan, R.; Krishnakumar, V.

    A buoyancy package for self-contained Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler(SC-ADCP 1200 RD instruments USA) was designed and fabricated indigenously, for subsurface mooring in coastal waters. The system design is discussed. The design to keep SC...

  11. The Role of Magnetic Buoyancy in a Babcock-Leighton Type Solar Dynamo

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    Dibyendu Nandy; Arnab Rai Choudhuri

    2000-09-01

    We study the effects of incorporating magnetic buoyancy in a model of the solar dynamo—which draws inspiration from the Babcock-Leighton idea of surface processes generating the poloidal field. We present our main results here.

  12. Buoyancy-driven flow reversal phenomena in radially rotating serpentine ducts

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    Hwang, J.J.; Wang, W.J.; Chen, C.K.

    2000-02-01

    Convective characteristics are analyzed numerically in a rotating multipass square duct connecting with 180-deg sharp returns. Isoflux is applied to each duct wall and periodic conditions are used between the entrance and exit of a typical two-pass module. Emphasis is placed on the phenomenon of buoyancy-driven reversed flow in the serpentine duct. Predictions reveal that the radial distance from the rotational axis to the location of flow separation in the radial-outward duct decreases with increasing the Richardson number. In addition, the local buoyancy that is required to yield the radial flow reversal increases with increasing the rotation number. This buoyancy-driven reversed flow in the radial-outward duct always results in local hot spots in the cooling channels. The critical buoyancy for the initiation of flow reversal is therefore concluded for the design purpose.

  13. Report for neutral buoyancy simulations of transfer orbit stage contingency extravehicular activities

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    Sexton, J. D.

    1992-06-01

    The transfer orbit stage (TOS) will propel the advanced communications technology satellite (ACTS) from the Space Shuttle to an Earth geosynchronous transfer orbit. Two neutral buoyancy test series were conducted at MSFC to validate the extravehicular activities (EVA) contingency operations for the ACTS/TOS/mission. The results of the neutral buoyancy tests are delineated and a brief history of the TOS EVA program is given.

  14. Estimating the Federal Direct Tax Buoyancy for Pakistan in Post-1973 Era

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    Shaikh, Salman

    2012-01-01

    This study used the simple co-integration technique to estimate the direct tax buoyancy for Pakistan economy for the 36 year period starting from FY-1974 to FY-2009. The buoyancy estimated was more than unity which represents slight improvement over previous estimates in past studies. The study attributes the improvement to factors such as expansion of tax base, diversification and deepening of manufacturing sector and structural change in the economy with the size of agriculture sector outpu...

  15. Buoyancy-driven convection may switch between reactive states in three-dimensional chemical waves

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    Šebestíková, L. (Lenka); Hauser, M J B

    2012-01-01

    Traveling waves in an extended reactor, whose width cannot be neglected, represent a three-dimensional (3D) reaction-diffusion-convection system. We investigate the effects of buoyancy-driven convection in such a setting. The 3D waves traveled through horizontal layers of the iodate–arsenous acid (IAA) reaction solution containing excess of arsenous acid. The depth of the reaction solution was the examined parameter. An increase in the intensity of buoyancy-driven flow caused an increase of t...

  16. Competition of Brazil nut effect, buoyancy, and inelasticity induced segregation in a granular mixture

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    Brito López, Ricardo; Soto, R.

    2009-01-01

    It has been recently reported that a granular mixture in which grains differ in their restitution coefficients presents segregation: the more inelastic particles sink to the bottom. When other segregation mechanisms as buoyancy and the Brazil nut effect are present, the inelasticity induced segregation can compete with them. First, a detailed analysis, based on numerical simulations of two dimensional systems, of the competition between buoyancy and the inelasticity induced segregation is pre...

  17. Effects of Buoyancy on Lean Premixed V-Flames Part I: Laminar and Turblent Flame Structure

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    Cheng, Robert K.; Bedat, Benoit; Kostiuk, Larry W.

    1998-01-01

    Laser schlieren and planar laser-induced fluorescence techniques have been used to investigate laminar and turbulent v-flames in +g, -g, and micro g under flow conditions that span the regimes of momentum domination (Ri buoyancy domination (Ri > 0.1). Overall flame features shown by schlieren indicate that buoyancy dominates the entire flow field for conditions close to Ri = 1. With decreasing Ri, buoyancy effects are observed only in the far-field regions. Analyses of the mean flame angles demonstrate that laminar and turbulent flames do not have similar responses to buoyancy. Difference in the laminar +g and -g flame angles decrease with Ri (i.e., increasing Re) and converge to the microgravity flame angle at the momentum limit (Ri - 0). This is consistent with the notion that the effects of buoyancy diminish with increasing flow momentum. The +g and -g turbulent flame angles, however, do not converge at Ri = 0. As shown by OH-PLIF images, the inconsistency in +g and -g turbulent flame angles is associated with the differences in flame wrinkles. Turbulent flame wrinkles evolve more slowly in +g than in -g. The difference in flame wrinkle structures, however, cannot be explained in terms of buoyancy effects on flame instability mechanisms. It seems to be associated with the field effects of buoyancy that stretches the turbulent flame brushes in +g and compresses the flame brush in -g. Flame wrinkling offers a mechanism through which the flame responds to the field effects of buoyancy despite increasing flow momentum. These observations point to the need to include both upstream and downstream contributions in theoretical analysis of flame turbulence interactions.

  18. Errors caused by incompatible wind and buoyancy forcing in the ocean general circulation models.

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    Kuo, Yu-Heng

    1992-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Modular Ocean Model (GFDL MOM) is used to investigate the model difference between compatible and incompatible surface wind and buoyancy forcing. The atmosphere is a physical system in which surface wind and temperature fields are related, however in most ocean numerical models, the wind stress and buoyancy forcing are usually specified separately, i.e., no constraint between the...

  19. THE INFLUENCE OF BUOYANCY ON FLOW AND POLLUTANT DISPERSION IN STREET CANYONS

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    Buccolieri, Riccardo; Pulvirenti, Beatrice; Di Sabatino, Silvana; Britter, Rex

    2008-01-01

    Abstract: In this paper, the effect of buoyancy on flow and pollutant dispersion within street canyons is studied by means of computational fluid dynamics simulations. We consider a neutral boundary layer approaching a 3D street canyon assuming a wind direction perpendicular to the street canyon. The Boussinesq hypothesis for incompressible fluids is chosen for modelling buoyancy. We distinguish three cases: leeward, ground and windward wall heating. Thermal effects on both the flow ...

  20. Drag, but not buoyancy, affects swim speed in captive Steller sea lions

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    Ippei Suzuki; Katsufumi Sato; Andreas Fahlman; Yasuhiko Naito; Nobuyuki Miyazaki; Andrew W Trites

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Swimming at an optimal speed is critical for breath-hold divers seeking to maximize the time they can spend foraging underwater. Theoretical studies have predicted that the optimal swim speed for an animal while transiting to and from depth is independent of buoyancy, but is dependent on drag and metabolic rate. However, this prediction has never been experimentally tested. Our study assessed the effects of buoyancy and drag on the swim speed of three captive Steller sea lions (Eumet...

  1. Effects of body condition on buoyancy in endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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    Nousek-McGregor, Anna E; Miller, Carolyn A; Moore, Michael J; Nowacek, Douglas P

    2014-01-01

    Buoyancy is an important consideration for diving marine animals, resulting in specific ecologically relevant adaptations. Marine mammals use blubber as an energy reserve, but because this tissue is also positively buoyant, nutritional demands have the potential to cause considerable variation in buoyancy. North Atlantic right whales Eubalaena glacialis are known to be positively buoyant as a result of their blubber, and the thickness of this layer varies considerably, but the effect of this variation on buoyancy has not been explored. This study compared the duration and rate of ascending and descending glides, recorded with an archival tag, with blubber thickness, measured with an ultrasound device, in free-swimming right whales. Ascending whales with thicker blubber had shorter portions of active propulsion and longer passive glides than whales with thinner blubber, suggesting that blubber thickness influences buoyancy because the buoyant force is acting in the same direction as the animal's movement during this phase. Whales with thinner layers also used similar body angles and velocities when traveling to and from depth, while those with thicker layers used shallower ascent angles but achieved higher ascent velocities. Such alterations in body angle may help to reduce the cost of transport when swimming against the force of buoyancy in a state of augmented positive buoyancy, which represents a dynamic response to reduce the energetic consequences of physiological changes. These results have considerable implications for any diving marine animal during periods of nutritional stress, such as during seasonal migrations and annual variations in prey availability. PMID:24457930

  2. Field Effects of Buoyancy on a Premixed Turbulent Flame Studied by Particle Image Velocimetry

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    Cheng, Robert K.

    2003-01-01

    Typical laboratory flames for the scientific investigation of flame/turbulence interactions are prone to buoyancy effects. Buoyancy acts on these open flame systems and provides upstream feedbacks that control the global flame properties as well as local turbulence/flame interactions. Consequently the flame structures, stabilization limits, and turbulent reaction rates are directly or indirectly coupled with buoyancy. The objective of this study is to characterize the differences between premixed turbulent flames pointing upwards (1g), pointing downwards (-1g), and in microgravity (mg). The configuration is an inverted conical flame stabilized by a small cone-shaped bluff body that we call CLEAN Flames (Cone-Stabilized Lean Flames). We use two laser diagnostics to capture the velocity and scalar fields. Particle image velocimetry (PIV) measures the mean and root mean square velocities and planar imaging by the flame fronts method outlines the flame wrinkle topology. The results were obtained under typical conditions of small domestic heating systems such as water heaters, ovens, and furnaces. Significant differences between the 1g and -1g flames point to the need for including buoyancy contributions in theoretical and numerical calculations. In Earth gravity, there is a complex coupling of buoyancy with the turbulent flow and heat release in the flame. An investigation of buoyancy-free flames in microgravity will provide the key to discern gravity contributions. Data obtained in microgravity flames will provide the benchmark for interpreting and analyzing 1g and -1g flame results.

  3. BUOYANCY INSTABILITIES IN A WEAKLY COLLISIONAL INTRACLUSTER MEDIUM

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    Kunz, Matthew W.; Stone, James M. [Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Peyton Hall, 4 Ivy Lane, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Bogdanovic, Tamara; Reynolds, Christopher S., E-mail: kunz@astro.princeton.edu, E-mail: jstone@astro.princeton.edu, E-mail: tamarab@astro.umd.edu, E-mail: chris@astro.umd.edu [Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (United States)

    2012-08-01

    The intracluster medium (ICM) of galaxy clusters is a weakly collisional plasma in which the transport of heat and momentum occurs primarily along magnetic-field lines. Anisotropic heat conduction allows convective instabilities to be driven by temperature gradients of either sign: the magnetothermal instability (MTI) in the outskirts of clusters and the heat-flux buoyancy-driven instability (HBI) in their cooling cores. We employ the Athena magnetohydrodynamic code to investigate the nonlinear evolution of these instabilities, self-consistently including the effects of anisotropic viscosity (i.e., Braginskii pressure anisotropy), anisotropic conduction, and radiative cooling. We find that, in all but the innermost regions of cool-core clusters, anisotropic viscosity significantly impairs the ability of the HBI to reorient magnetic-field lines orthogonal to the temperature gradient. Thus, while radio-mode feedback appears necessary in the central few Multiplication-Sign 10 kpc, heat conduction may be capable of offsetting radiative losses throughout most of a cool core over a significant fraction of the Hubble time. Magnetically aligned cold filaments are then able to form by local thermal instability. Viscous dissipation during cold filament formation produces accompanying hot filaments, which can be searched for in deep Chandra observations of cool-core clusters. In the case of MTI, anisotropic viscosity leads to a nonlinear state with a folded magnetic field structure in which field-line curvature and field strength are anti-correlated. These results demonstrate that, if the HBI and MTI are relevant for shaping the properties of the ICM, one must self-consistently include anisotropic viscosity in order to obtain even qualitatively correct results.

  4. Buoyancy Instabilities in a Weakly Collisional Intracluster Medium

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    Kunz, Matthew W.; Bogdanović, Tamara; Reynolds, Christopher S.; Stone, James M.

    2012-08-01

    The intracluster medium (ICM) of galaxy clusters is a weakly collisional plasma in which the transport of heat and momentum occurs primarily along magnetic-field lines. Anisotropic heat conduction allows convective instabilities to be driven by temperature gradients of either sign: the magnetothermal instability (MTI) in the outskirts of clusters and the heat-flux buoyancy-driven instability (HBI) in their cooling cores. We employ the Athena magnetohydrodynamic code to investigate the nonlinear evolution of these instabilities, self-consistently including the effects of anisotropic viscosity (i.e., Braginskii pressure anisotropy), anisotropic conduction, and radiative cooling. We find that, in all but the innermost regions of cool-core clusters, anisotropic viscosity significantly impairs the ability of the HBI to reorient magnetic-field lines orthogonal to the temperature gradient. Thus, while radio-mode feedback appears necessary in the central few× 10 kpc, heat conduction may be capable of offsetting radiative losses throughout most of a cool core over a significant fraction of the Hubble time. Magnetically aligned cold filaments are then able to form by local thermal instability. Viscous dissipation during cold filament formation produces accompanying hot filaments, which can be searched for in deep Chandra observations of cool-core clusters. In the case of MTI, anisotropic viscosity leads to a nonlinear state with a folded magnetic field structure in which field-line curvature and field strength are anti-correlated. These results demonstrate that, if the HBI and MTI are relevant for shaping the properties of the ICM, one must self-consistently include anisotropic viscosity in order to obtain even qualitatively correct results.

  5. Buoyancy-driven CO2/brine flow at reservoir conditions

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    Oh, J.; Kim, K.; Han, W.; Kim, T.; Kim, J.; Park, E.

    2013-12-01

    Suitable geological formations should guarantee a long-term safe and reliable storage of the injected supercritical CO2. In this study we targeted the cases of gravity-driven CO2 plume migration in a storage formation and the resulting CO2 leakage to overlying formation through a possible fractures or abandoned wells. A laboratory experiment and numerical model for two-phase core-flooding tests were designed to understand the buoyancy effect on supercritical CO2 migration under reservoir conditions. A series of core flooding tests were performed with Berea sandstone cores which have 20 % porosity and 1.7×10-13 m2 permeability. Unlike the normal core-flooding tests, the core was set up in a vertical direction and the CO2 was released at the bottom of the core to investigate the gravity effect on CO2 migration. During the test, the downstream pressure was maintained at 10 MPa, and the confining pressure was kept at 20 MPa. The temperature was set to be 40 °C to reflect the 1 km subsurface environment. The CO2-flooding (drainage) tests with brine-saturated core were performed with various CO2-release periods. The CO2 saturation was measured with a linear X-ray scanner. In addition to laboratory experiments, numerical simulations were performed to provide further insight into the CO2 migration behavior. TOUGH2 with ECO2N module was used to simulate CO2/brine core-flooding tests. Dimensionless numbers (Capillary number and Bond number) were calculated with the simulation results at various time points covering both the release and monitoring period.

  6. Gravitaxis of Euglena gracilis depends only partially on passive buoyancy

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    Richter, Peter R.; Schuster, Martin; Lebert, Michael; Streb, Christine; Häder, Donat-Peter

    In darkness, the unicellular freshwater flagellate Euglena gracilis shows a pronounced negative gravitactic behavior, and the cells swim actively upward in the water column. Up to now it was unclear whether this behavior is based on a passive (physical) alignment mechanism (e.g., buoyancy due to a fore-aft asymmetry of the cell body) or on an active physiological mechanism. A sounding rocket experiment was performed in which the effect of sub-1g-accelerations (0.05, 0.08, 0.12, and 0.2g) on untreated living cells and immobilized (fixation with liquid nitrogen) cells was observed. By means of computerized image analysis the angles of the cells long axis with respect to the acceleration vector were analyzed in order to calculate and compare the reorientation kinetics of the immobilized cells versus that of the controls. In both groups, the reorientation kinetics depended on the dose, but the reorientation of the living cells was about five times faster than that of the immobilized cells. This indicates that in young cells gravitaxis can be explained by a physical mechanism only to a small extend. In older cultures, in which the cells often have a drop shaped cell body, the physical reorientation is considerably faster, and a more pronounced influence of passive alignment caused by fore/aft asymmetry (drag-gravity model) can not be excluded. In addition to these results, Euglena gracilis cells seem to respond very sensitively to small accelerations when they are applied after a longer microgravity period. The data indicate that gravitactic orientation occurred at an acceleration as low as 0.05g.

  7. Academic Buoyancy and Academic Outcomes: Towards a Further Understanding of Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Students without ADHD, and Academic Buoyancy Itself

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    Martin, Andrew J.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Academic buoyancy is students' capacity to successfully overcome setback and challenge that is typical of the ordinary course of everyday academic life. It may represent an important factor on the psycho-educational landscape assisting students who experience difficulties in school and schoolwork. Aims: This study investigated the…

  8. Drag, but not buoyancy, affects swim speed in captive Steller sea lions

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    Ippei Suzuki

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Swimming at an optimal speed is critical for breath-hold divers seeking to maximize the time they can spend foraging underwater. Theoretical studies have predicted that the optimal swim speed for an animal while transiting to and from depth is independent of buoyancy, but is dependent on drag and metabolic rate. However, this prediction has never been experimentally tested. Our study assessed the effects of buoyancy and drag on the swim speed of three captive Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus that made 186 dives. Our study animals were trained to dive to feed at fixed depths (10–50 m under artificially controlled buoyancy and drag conditions. Buoyancy and drag were manipulated using a pair of polyvinyl chloride (PVC tubes attached to harnesses worn by the sea lions, and buoyancy conditions were designed to fall within the natural range of wild animals (∼12–26% subcutaneous fat. Drag conditions were changed with and without the PVC tubes, and swim speeds were recorded and compared during descent and ascent phases using an accelerometer attached to the harnesses. Generalized linear mixed-effect models with the animal as the random variable and five explanatory variables (body mass, buoyancy, dive depth, dive phase, and drag showed that swim speed was best predicted by two variables, drag and dive phase (AIC = −139. Consistent with a previous theoretical prediction, the results of our study suggest that the optimal swim speed of Steller sea lions is a function of drag, and is independent of dive depth and buoyancy.

  9. Drag, but not buoyancy, affects swim speed in captive Steller sea lions.

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    Suzuki, Ippei; Sato, Katsufumi; Fahlman, Andreas; Naito, Yasuhiko; Miyazaki, Nobuyuki; Trites, Andrew W

    2014-01-01

    Swimming at an optimal speed is critical for breath-hold divers seeking to maximize the time they can spend foraging underwater. Theoretical studies have predicted that the optimal swim speed for an animal while transiting to and from depth is independent of buoyancy, but is dependent on drag and metabolic rate. However, this prediction has never been experimentally tested. Our study assessed the effects of buoyancy and drag on the swim speed of three captive Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) that made 186 dives. Our study animals were trained to dive to feed at fixed depths (10-50 m) under artificially controlled buoyancy and drag conditions. Buoyancy and drag were manipulated using a pair of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tubes attached to harnesses worn by the sea lions, and buoyancy conditions were designed to fall within the natural range of wild animals (∼12-26% subcutaneous fat). Drag conditions were changed with and without the PVC tubes, and swim speeds were recorded and compared during descent and ascent phases using an accelerometer attached to the harnesses. Generalized linear mixed-effect models with the animal as the random variable and five explanatory variables (body mass, buoyancy, dive depth, dive phase, and drag) showed that swim speed was best predicted by two variables, drag and dive phase (AIC = -139). Consistent with a previous theoretical prediction, the results of our study suggest that the optimal swim speed of Steller sea lions is a function of drag, and is independent of dive depth and buoyancy. PMID:24771620

  10. Buoyancy-activated cell sorting using targeted biotinylated albumin microbubbles.

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    Full Text Available Cell analysis often requires the isolation of certain cell types. Various isolation methods have been applied to cell sorting, including fluorescence-activated cell sorting and magnetic-activated cell sorting. However, these conventional approaches involve exerting mechanical forces on the cells, thus risking cell damage. In this study we applied a novel isolation method called buoyancy-activated cell sorting, which involves using biotinylated albumin microbubbles (biotin-MBs conjugated with antibodies (i.e., targeted biotin-MBs. Albumin MBs are widely used as contrast agents in ultrasound imaging due to their good biocompatibility and stability. For conjugating antibodies, biotin is conjugated onto the albumin MB shell via covalent bonds and the biotinylated antibodies are conjugated using an avidin-biotin system. The albumin microbubbles had a mean diameter of 2 μm with a polydispersity index of 0.16. For cell separation, the MDA-MB-231 cells are incubated with the targeted biotin-MBs conjugated with anti-CD44 for 10 min, centrifuged at 10 g for 1 min, and then allowed 1 hour at 4 °C for separation. The results indicate that targeted biotin-MBs conjugated with anti-CD44 antibodies can be used to separate MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells; more than 90% of the cells were collected in the MB layer when the ratio of the MBs to cells was higher than 70:1. Furthermore, we found that the separating efficiency was higher for targeted biotin-MBs than for targeted avidin-incorporated albumin MBs (avidin-MBs, which is the most common way to make targeted albumin MBs. We also demonstrated that the recovery rate of targeted biotin-MBs was up to 88% and the sorting purity was higher than 84% for a a heterogenous cell population containing MDA-MB-231 cells (CD44(+ and MDA-MB-453 cells (CD44-, which are classified as basal-like breast cancer cells and luminal breast cancer cells, respectively. Knowing that the CD44(+ is a commonly used cancer

  11. Buoyancy-activated cell sorting using targeted biotinylated albumin microbubbles.

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    Liou, Yu-Ren; Wang, Yu-Hsin; Lee, Chia-Ying; Li, Pai-Chi

    2015-01-01

    Cell analysis often requires the isolation of certain cell types. Various isolation methods have been applied to cell sorting, including fluorescence-activated cell sorting and magnetic-activated cell sorting. However, these conventional approaches involve exerting mechanical forces on the cells, thus risking cell damage. In this study we applied a novel isolation method called buoyancy-activated cell sorting, which involves using biotinylated albumin microbubbles (biotin-MBs) conjugated with antibodies (i.e., targeted biotin-MBs). Albumin MBs are widely used as contrast agents in ultrasound imaging due to their good biocompatibility and stability. For conjugating antibodies, biotin is conjugated onto the albumin MB shell via covalent bonds and the biotinylated antibodies are conjugated using an avidin-biotin system. The albumin microbubbles had a mean diameter of 2 μm with a polydispersity index of 0.16. For cell separation, the MDA-MB-231 cells are incubated with the targeted biotin-MBs conjugated with anti-CD44 for 10 min, centrifuged at 10 g for 1 min, and then allowed 1 hour at 4 °C for separation. The results indicate that targeted biotin-MBs conjugated with anti-CD44 antibodies can be used to separate MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells; more than 90% of the cells were collected in the MB layer when the ratio of the MBs to cells was higher than 70:1. Furthermore, we found that the separating efficiency was higher for targeted biotin-MBs than for targeted avidin-incorporated albumin MBs (avidin-MBs), which is the most common way to make targeted albumin MBs. We also demonstrated that the recovery rate of targeted biotin-MBs was up to 88% and the sorting purity was higher than 84% for a a heterogenous cell population containing MDA-MB-231 cells (CD44(+)) and MDA-MB-453 cells (CD44-), which are classified as basal-like breast cancer cells and luminal breast cancer cells, respectively. Knowing that the CD44(+) is a commonly used cancer-stem-cell biomarker, our

  12. Effects of Buoyancy on Laminar and Turbulent Premixed V-Flame

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    Cheng, Robert K.; Bedat, Benoit

    1997-01-01

    Turbulent combustion occurs naturally in almost all combustion systems and involves complex dynamic coupling of chemical and fluid mechanical processes. It is considered as one of the most challenging combustion research problems today. Though buoyancy has little effect on power generating systems operating under high pressures (e.g., IC engines and turbines), flames in atmospheric burners and the operation of small to medium furnaces and boilers are profoundly affected by buoyancy. Changes in burner orientation impacts on their blow-off, flash-back and extinction limits, and their range of operation, burning rate, heat transfer, and emissions. Theoretically, buoyancy is often neglected in turbulent combustion models. Yet the modeling results are routinely compared with experiments of open laboratory flames that are obviously affected by buoyancy. This inconsistency is an obstacle to reconciling experiments and theories. Consequently, a fundamental understanding of the coupling between turbulent flames and buoyancy is significant to both turbulent combustion science and applications. The overall effect of buoyancy relates to the dynamic interaction between the flame and its surrounding, i.e., the so-called elliptical problem. The overall flame shape, its flowfield, stability, and mean and local burning rates are dictated by both upstream and downstream boundary conditions. In steady propagating premixed flames, buoyancy affects the products region downstream of the flame zone. These effects are manifested upstream through the mean and fluctuating pressure fields to influence flame stretch and flame wrinkling. Intuitively, the effects buoyancy should diminish with increasing flow momentum. This is the justification for excluding buoyancy in turbulent combustion models that treats high Reynolds number flows. The objectives of our experimental research program is to elucidate flame-buoyancy coupling processes in laminar and turbulent premixed flames, and to

  13. Double-diffusive magnetic buoyancy instability in a quasi-two-dimensional Cartesian geometry

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    Skinner, D. M.; Silvers, L. J.

    2013-11-01

    Magnetic buoyancy, believed to occur in the solar tachocline, is both an important part of large-scale solar dynamo models and the picture of how sunspots are formed. Given that in the tachocline region the ratio of magnetic diffusivity to thermal diffusivity is small it is important, for both the dynamo and sunspot formation pictures, to understand magnetic buoyancy in this regime. Furthermore, the tachocline is a region of strong shear and such investigations must involve structures that become buoyant in the double-diffusive regime which are generated entirely from a shear flow. In a previous study, we have illustrated that shear-generated double-diffusive magnetic buoyancy instability is possible in the tachocline. However, this study was severely limited due to the computational requirements of running three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulations over diffusive time-scales. A more comprehensive investigation is required to fully understand the double-diffusive magnetic buoyancy instability and its dependency on a number of key parameters; such an investigation requires the consideration of a reduced model. Here we consider a quasi-two-dimensional model where all gradients in the x direction are set to zero. We show how the instability is sensitive to changes in the thermal diffusivity and also show how different initial configurations of the forced shear flow affect the behaviour of the instability. Finally, we conclude that if the tachocline is thinner than currently stated then the double-diffusive magnetic buoyancy instability can more easily occur.

  14. Numerical simulations of the magnetorotational instability in protoneutron stars - I. Influence of buoyancy

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    Guilet, Jérôme; Müller, Ewald

    2015-06-01

    The magnetorotational instability (MRI) is considered to be a promising mechanism to amplify the magnetic field in fast-rotating protoneutron stars. In contrast to accretion discs, radial buoyancy driven by entropy and lepton fraction gradients is expected to have a dynamical role as important as rotation and shear. We investigate the poorly known impact of buoyancy on the non-linear phase of the MRI, by means of three-dimensional numerical simulations of a local model in the equatorial plane of a protoneutron star. The use of the Boussinesq approximation allows us to utilize a shearing box model with clean shearing periodic boundary conditions, while taking into account the buoyancy driven by radial entropy and composition gradients. We find significantly stronger turbulence and magnetic fields in buoyantly unstable flows. On the other hand, buoyancy has only a limited impact on the strength of turbulence and magnetic field amplification for buoyantly stable flows in the presence of a realistic thermal diffusion. The properties of the turbulence are, however, significantly affected in the latter case. In particular, the toroidal components of the magnetic field and of the velocity become even more dominant with respect to the poloidal ones. Furthermore, we observed in the regime of stable buoyancy the formation of long-lived coherent structures such as channel flows and zonal flows. Overall, our results support the ability of the MRI to amplify the magnetic field significantly even in stably stratified regions of protoneutron stars.

  15. Use of A-Train data to estimate convective buoyancy and entrainment rate

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    Luo, Zhengzhao Johnny; Liu, G. Y.; Stephens, Graeme L.

    2010-05-01

    This study describes a satellite-based method to estimate simultaneously convective buoyancy (B) and entrainment rate (λ). The measurement requirements are cloud-top height (CTH), cloud-top temperature (CTT), cloud profiling information (from radar and lidar), and ambient sounding. Initial results of the new method applied to A-Train data are presented. It is observed that tropical oceanic convection above the boundary layer fall into two groups: deep convection (DC) and cumulus congestus (Cg). DC tend to have negative buoyancy near cloud top and λ < 10%/km. Cg are further divided into two groups due to the snapshot view of the A-Train: one has positive buoyancy and λ ≤ 10%/km and the other has negative buoyancy and λ reaching up to 50%/km. Uncertainty analysis is conducted showing that CTT and CTH are the primary source of errors, but they do not affect our conclusions qualitatively. Brief comparisons with previous studies indicate the results of this study are broadly consistent with these earlier studies. Although most of the initial results are expected, this study represents the first time, to our knowledge, that satellite data are used to estimate convective buoyancy and entrainment rate. This new, space-borne method presents an opportunity for a number of follow-up investigations. For example, it serves as a bridge to connect A-Train observations (and follow-up missions) to GCM cumulus parameterizations.

  16. Design and testing of a shape memory alloy buoyancy engine for unmanned underwater vehicles

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    Angilella, Alex J.; Gandhi, Farhan S.; Miller, Timothy F.

    2015-11-01

    The US Navy’s 2004 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Master Plan outlines the Navy’s aim to expand the role of UUVs, and one of the key areas of interest is the increase in UUV range and endurance. A class of UUVs known as underwater gliders achieves this objective by cyclically modifying its buoyancy and covering horizontal distance with a climb/dive pattern. The present study proposes the use of shape memory alloys (SMAs) in a buoyancy heat engine where the oceanic thermocline would be exploited to produce martensite-austenite phase transformations that in turn change the buoyancy of a piston-cylinder prototype. The working principle of the device involves transitioning between the following two states. At low temperature (at depth) the SMA wires are tensioned into a detwinned martensitic state by a parallel compressed spring. This moves the piston within the cylinder to increase the chamber dry volume and device buoyancy. At higher temperatures (near the surface) the SMA wires undergo a martensite-to-austenite phase transformation, recover part of the applied strain, and reduce the volume and buoyancy of the piston-cylinder. This paper presents the analysis, design, fabrication, and testing of a prototype device. The prototype was immersed in a water bath, and it was demonstrated that its volume would change, as expected, with change in temperature of the water bath. Simulation results showed good correlation with test data.

  17. Hybrid ventilation in two interconnected rooms with a buoyancy source

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    Tovar, R. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 34, Temixco Mor. 62580 (Mexico); Linden, P.F. [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 920903-0411 (United States); Thomas, L.P. [Instituto de Fisica Arroyo Seco, Universidad Nacional del Centro, Pinto 399, 7000 Tandil (Argentina)

    2007-05-15

    The design of energy efficient buildings and the potential for using solar energy for heating and cooling is contingent upon optimizing the building ventilation systems. In this paper, we study the ventilation of two interconnected spaces, such as adjacent offices or areas in an open plan office. The goal is to locate return vents to increase the efficiency of night ventilation and to reduce energy consumption. The flow in two interconnected rooms of similar sizes is studied experimentally using a tank divided by an interior vertical wall. A forced buoyancy source with a finite volume flux is located in the ceiling of one-room and an unforced vent is opened in the ceiling of the other room. The goal of the study is to understand the transient cooling/heating that occurs in this two-room system when a forced cold-air vent is located in the ceiling of the first room and a return ventilation exit is located in the second. In particular, we investigate the effects of varying the number of openings and their vertical positions in the interconnecting wall. First, a single opening at the bottom, middle or top of the shared wall is examined. Second, the case of two openings in the wall is considered, with the openings located at the top-bottom, top-middle, bottom-middle, and finally at two mid locations in the wall. The results are compared with the one-room case, which represents the reference case. It was found that, irrespective of the number and locations of the openings, the flow evolves into a quasi-stationary stably stratified two-layer system, with the depths of the layers being different in each room. The average temperature inside each room initially decreases linearly with time and approaches the supply-air temperature at large times. This initial linear decrease holds until cold-air leaves the unforced room through the top-vent at time t{sub e}. Subsequently, temperature decreases as an exponential function of time with a characteristic filling time {tau} V

  18. The effects of buoyancy on the critical heat flux in forced convection

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    Brusstar, Matthew J.; Merte, Herman, Jr.

    1993-01-01

    The critical heat flux (CHF) in forced convection over a flat surface at relatively low flow velocities has been found, not unexpectedly, to depend upon the orientation of the buoyancy. The CHF for R-113 was measured at various heating surface orientations for test section Reynolds numbers ranging between 3000 and 6500. In this flow range, the buoyancy force acting on the vapor generally dominates over the flow inertia, yet the inertia would still be substantial were gravity to be reduced. In the experiments of this study, the CHF is determined for heating surface orientations ranging from 0 deg to 360 deg, for flow velocities between 4 cm/s and 35 cm/s, and for subcoolings between 2.8 C and 22.2 C. The results presented here demonstrate the strong influence of buoyancy at low flow velocities, which diminishes as the flow velocity and subcooling are increased.

  19. Debris size and buoyancy influence the dispersal distance of stranded litter.

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    Fazey, Francesca M C; Ryan, Peter G

    2016-09-15

    Recent at sea surveys of floating macro-debris in the southeast Atlantic Ocean found that debris increases in size with distance from shore, suggesting that many smaller items, which dominate litter close to urban source areas, sink before dispersing far into the ocean. We test whether this pattern is evident in beach litter in the same region. Freshly stranded beach litter was collected at increasing distances (0km, 100km, 200km and 2800km) from Cape Town, a major urban litter source. Mean size and buoyancy of litter items increased significantly with distance from Cape Town. Size-specific sedimentation due to the ballasting effect of biofouling is a plausible explanation for the disappearance of smaller, less buoyant items. Our results provide further evidence that many low buoyancy items sink and support the hypothesis that size and buoyancy are strong predictors of dispersal distance for floating debris. PMID:27389460

  20. Analysis of buoyancy effect on fully developed laminar heat transfer in a rotating tube

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    Siegel, R.

    1985-01-01

    Laminar heat transfer is analyzed in a tube rotating about an axis perpendicular to the tube axis. The solution applies for flow that is either radially outward from the axis of rotation, or radially inward toward the axis of rotation. The conditions are fully developed, and there is uniform heat addition at the tube wall. The analysis is performed by expanding velocities and temperature in power series using the Taylor number as a perturbation parameter. Coriolis and buoyancy forces caused by tube rotation are included, and the solution is calculated through second-order terms. The secondary flow induced by the Coriolis terms always tends to increase the heat transfer coefficient; this effect can dominate for small wall heating. For radial inflow, buoyancy also tends to improve heat transfer. For radial outflow, however, buoyancy tends to reduce heat transfer; for large wall heating this effect can dominate, and there is a net reduction in heat transfer coefficient.

  1. An improving method for micro-G simulation with magnetism-buoyancy hybrid system

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    Zhu, Zhanxia; Yuan, Jianping; Song, Jiangzhou; Cui, Rongxin

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a novel solution for the micro-G experiment with magnetism-buoyancy hybrid system. The improvement includes two parts, (i) proposing an innovative system called general balance test bed (GBTB), and (ii) designing a resistance effect compensation system. The GBTB, a special platform, can be used to realize the effect of neutral buoyancy, by using controllable electromagnetic force instead of conventional weight or foam module to eliminate the difference between gravity and liquid buoyancy. In this paper, principles, components, and functions of the GBTB are developed. Then, in order to improve test fidelity, a compensation system is designed to counteract the water resistance effect during maneuver, and a novel prediction law is proposed to make water resistance force prediction more coincident with the real value by introducing control errors and error rates. Finally, the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed solution are demonstrated through micro-G experiments and tests.

  2. Buoyancy effects on the vapor condensation rate on a horizontal liquid surface

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    Hasan, Mohammad M.; Lin, Chin-Shun

    1989-01-01

    The results are presented of a numerical study of the effects of buoyancy on the direct condensation of saturated or nearly saturated vapor on a horizontal liquid surface in a cylindrical tank. The liquid motion beneath the liquid-vapor interface is induced by an axisymmetric laminar jet of subcooled liquid. Analysis and numerical results show that the dominant parameter which determines the influence of buoyancy on the condensation rate is the Richardson number. However, the effect of buoyancy on the condensation rate cannot be quantified in terms of the Richardson number alone. The critical value of the Richardson number below which the condensation rate is not significantly reduced depends on the Reynolds number as well as the Prandtl number.

  3. Numerical simulations of buoyancy instabilities in galaxy cluster plasmas with cosmic rays and anisotropic thermal conduction

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    Rasera, Yann

    2008-01-01

    In clusters of galaxies, the specific entropy of intracluster plasma increases outwards. Nevertheless, a number of recent studies have shown that the intracluster medium is subject to buoyancy instabilities due to the effects of cosmic rays and anisotropic thermal conduction. In this paper, we present a new numerical algorithm for simulating such instabilities. This numerical method treats the cosmic rays as a fluid, accounts for the diffusion of heat and cosmic rays along magnetic field lines, and enforces the condition that the temperature and cosmic-ray pressure remain positive. We carry out several tests to ensure the accuracy of the code, including the detailed matching of analytic results for the eigenfunctions and growth rates of linear buoyancy instabilities. This numerical scheme will be useful for simulating convection driven by cosmic-ray buoyancy in galaxy cluster plasmas and may also be useful for other applications, including fusion plasmas, the interstellar medium, and supernovae remnants.

  4. An innovative method for simulating microgravity effects through combining electromagnetic force and buoyancy

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    Yuan, Jianping; Zhu, Zhanxia; Ming, Zhenfeng; Luo, Qiuyue

    2015-07-01

    This paper proposes an innovative method for simulating space microgravity effects. The new approach combines the neutral buoyancy and the electromagnetic force on the tested-body to balance the gravity and simulate the microgravity effects. In the paper, we present in some detail the magnetism-buoyancy hybrid microgravity simulation system, its components, functions and verification. We describe some key techniques such as ground-space similarity, the homogenization of electromagnetic field, the precise control of microgravity effects in dynamic environment, measurement in the hybrid suspension system. With this innovative microgravity simulation system, we prove through experiments and tests that our innovative method is feasible and effective and that the simulation fidelity is even higher than the neutral buoyancy system.

  5. Buoyancy of a thin plate pressing a floating oil film on water.

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    Ji, Xiang-Ying; Feng, Xi-Qiao

    2013-06-01

    Because of the superhydrophobicity of their legs, water striders and many other aquatic creatures can stand and walk effortlessly on water. Because of pollution, an oil film may exist on water in some practical situations. To date, however, it remains unclear how the presence of an oil film would affect the wetting behavior of an object floating on water. In this work, we investigated, both theoretically and experimentally, the buoyancy of a thin plate pressing the surface of a bilayered liquid system. In particular, the effect of the oil layer on the buoyancy force was examined. The critical depth and the corresponding buoyancy at the penetration of the plate into the liquids were obtained analytically. For a plate vertically pressing the liquid surface, the force-displacement loop during a complete advancing-receding cycle was analyzed. Experiments were also performed to verify the theoretical results. PMID:23659380

  6. Buoyancy Instabilities in Galaxy Clusters: Convection Due to Adiabatic Cosmic Rays and Anisotropic Thermal Conduction

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    Sharma, P; Quataert, E; Parrish, I J

    2009-01-01

    Using a linear stability analysis and two and three-dimensional nonlinear simulations, we study the physics of buoyancy instabilities in a combined thermal and relativistic (cosmic ray) plasma, motivated by the application to clusters of galaxies. We argue that cosmic ray diffusion is likely to be slow compared to the buoyancy time on large length scales, so that cosmic rays are effectively adiabatic. If the cosmic ray pressure $p_{cr}$ is $\\gtrsim 25 %$ of the thermal pressure, and the cosmic ray entropy ($p_{\\rm cr}/\\rho^{4/3}$; $\\rho$ is the thermal plasma density) decreases outwards, cosmic rays drive an adiabatic convective instability analogous to Schwarzschild convection in stars. Global simulations of galaxy cluster cores show that this instability saturates by reducing the cosmic ray entropy gradient and driving efficient convection and turbulent mixing. At larger radii in cluster cores, the thermal plasma is unstable to the heat flux-driven buoyancy instability (HBI), a convective instability genera...

  7. Buoyancy-driven interannual sea level changes in the southeast tropical Pacific

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    Piecuch, Christopher G.; Ponte, Rui M.

    2012-03-01

    It is commonly held that interannual-to-decadal sea level variability patterns mainly represent the ocean's response to wind forcing. This view is based in part on modeling studies of wind-driven sea level changes along the tropical Pacific. However, because buoyancy forcing (and other generating mechanisms) are usually ignored, this paradigm may overemphasize the role of winds. Focusing on the southeast tropical Pacific, we use a data-constrained ocean state estimate to demonstrate that distinct mechanisms—including the ocean's response to buoyancy forcing as well as nonlinear processes—can also contribute to interannual sea level variability. Contrary to the notion that buoyancy-driven sea level changes are dynamically passive, such changes exhibit a strongly nonlocal, dynamically active character, made manifest in westward propagating waves. As similar findings apply elsewhere, accurate modeling of interannual-to-decadal regional sea level changes requires consideration of a variety of forcing mechanisms, including, but not limited to, the winds.

  8. On the coupling between buoyancy forces and electroconvective instability near ion-selective surfaces

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    Karatay, Elif; Mani, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Recent investigations have revealed that ion transport from aqueous electrolytes to ion-selective surfaces is subject to electroconvective instability that stems from coupling of hydrodynamics with electrostatic forces. Electroconvection is shown to enhance ion mixing and the net rate of transport. However, systems subject to electroconvection inherently involve fluid density variation set by salinity gradient in the bulk fluid. In this study we thoroughly examine the interplay of gravitational convection and chaotic electroconvection. Our results reveal that buoyant forces can significantly influence the transport rates, otherwise set by electroconvection, when the Rayleigh number $Ra$ of the system exceeds a value $Ra \\sim 1000$. We show that buoyancy forces can significantly alter the flow patterns in these systems. When the buoyancy acts in the stabilizing direction, it limits the extent of penetration of electroconvection, but without eliminating it. When the buoyancy destabilizes the flow, it alters the...

  9. High accuracy measurement of ThO2 kernel density by buoyancy method

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    Accuracy was compared between pycnometer and buoyancy methods in measuring densities of ThO2 kernels. It was found that, in order to measure with accuracy less than 0.3%, 25 g of samples were required by pycnometer method but only 1 g was by the buoyancy method. Densities of ThO2 kernels prepared by a sol-gel process were measured by the buoyancy method; sample weight dependence of the accuracy was found to agree with one calculated on the basis of limits estimated for the apparatus and attachments used. Sintered ThO2 kernel density was found to depend considerably on the conditions of each step of the sol-gel process. (author)

  10. Swirl and buoyancy effects on mixing performance of baffle-plate-type miniature confined multijet

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    Tatsumi, Kazuya, E-mail: tatsumi@mbox.kudpc.kyoto-u.ac.j [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Tanaka, Miyako [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Woodfield, Peter L. [Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Nakabe, Kazuyoshi [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)

    2010-02-15

    A three-dimensional numerical simulation was carried out to examine the effects of swirl and buoyancy-driven flows on the mixing performance of a baffle-plate-type miniature confined multijet. Swirl flow was produced by inclining the jet nozzles surrounding the central jet in the circumferential direction. The results obtained were compared with those of the non-swirl case. The swirl flow interrupted the radial secondary flow generated in the region adjacent to the baffle plate. This interruption decreased the size of the reverse flow region, resulting in a deterioration of the mixing performance. This behavior was more noticeable in the case of a large swirl number. During the study of the buoyancy effect, the operating direction of the gravitational force was changed with respect to the central axis of the mixing chamber, i.e. the attack angles were 0 deg., 90 deg. and 180 deg. The buoyancy effect was negligible when the operating direction was parallel to the chamber axis. However, when the attack angle was 90 deg., asymmetric distributions of mixture fraction and flow velocity were obtained, and the mixing performance was found to be poor. In the swirl-accompanied cases, the effect of buoyancy force was apparent even when the operating direction was parallel to the central axis. The swirl flow, which reduced the secondary flow effects of the reverse and radial flows, tended to increase the effect of the buoyancy force on the multijet flow. On the other hand, the swirl flow prevented the mixture fraction distribution to be asymmetric in the case of buoyancy with 90 deg. attack angle. These tendencies became more conspicuous for flows with stronger swirl.

  11. Overview of thermal-buoyancy-induced phenomena in reactor-plant components

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    Studies related to delineating the influence of thermal-buoyancy forces on the thermal-hydraulics of Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor plant components under low-flow thermal transient and steady state conditions have generated unique information which will aid design of these components. Various buoyancy force induced phenomena such as thermal stratification, flow recirculation, stagnation, and channeling are described and the importance to component performance are discussed. The water based studies have been conducted in the Mixing Components Test Facility, a large multi program facility capable of performing generic studies of fluid flow and heat transfer in reactor components under programmed transient and steady state conditions

  12. Study of Buoyancy Effects in Diffusion Flames Using Rainbow Schlieren Deflectometry

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    Agrawal, Ajay K.; Gollahalli, Subramanyam R.; Griffin, DeVon

    1997-01-01

    Diffusion flames are extensively encountered in many domestic and industrial processes. Even after many decades of research, a complete understanding of the diffusion flame structure is not available. The structure and properties of the flames are governed by the mixing (laminar or turbulent), chemical kinetics, radiation and soot processes. Another important phenomenon that affects flame structure in normal gravity is buoyancy. The presence of buoyancy has long hindered the rational understanding of many combustion processes. In gas jet diffusion flames, buoyancy affects the structure of the shear layer, the development of fluid instabilities, and formation of the coherent structures in the near nozzle region of the gas jets. The buoyancy driven instabilities generate vorticial structures outside the flame resulting in flame flicker. The vortices also strongly interact with the small-scale structures in the jet shear layer. This affects the transitional and turbulence characteristics of the flame. For a fundamental understanding of diffusion flames it is essential to isolate the effects of buoyancy. This is the primary goal of the experiments conducted in microgravity. Previous investigations, have shown dramatic differences between the jet flames in microgravity and normal gravity. It has been observed that flames in microgravity are taller and more sooty than in normal gravity. The fuels used in these experiments were primarily hydrocarbons. In the absence of buoyancy the soot resides near the flame region, which adversely affects the entrainment of reactants. It is very important to eliminate the interference of soot on flame characteristics in microgravity. The present work, therefore, focuses on the changes in the flame structure due to buoyancy without the added complexities of heterogeneous reactions. Clean burning hydrogen is used as the fuel to avoid soot formation and minimize radiative losses. Because of the low luminosity of hydrogen flames, we use

  13. The role of negative buoyancy in convective Cepheid models. Double-mode pulsations revisited

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    Smolec, R

    2008-01-01

    The longstanding problem of modeling double-mode behaviour of classical pulsators was solved with the incorporation of turbulent convection into pulsation hydrocodes. However, the reasons for the computed double-mode behaviour were never clearly identified. In our recent papers (Smolec & Moskalik 2008a,b) we showed that the double-mode behaviour results from the neglect of negative buoyancy effects in some of the hydrocodes. If these effects are taken into account, no stable non-resonant double-mode behaviour can be found. In these proceedings we focus our attention on the role of negative buoyancy effects in classical Cepheid models.

  14. Investigation of small-scale unintended releases of hydrogen: Buoyancy effects

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    Schefer, R.W.; Houf, W.G.; Williams, T.C. [Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States)

    2008-09-15

    Measurements were performed in small-scale hydrogen leaks to characterize the dimensional properties and flow characteristics of the resulting ignitable hydrogen cloud. The data are intended to provide a technological basis for determining hazardous length scales associated with the formation of ignitable mixtures due to unintended releases. In contrast to a previous study where momentum-dominated releases were considered, the present study focuses on smaller-scale releases at lower flow rates where buoyancy becomes important. A turbulent jet flow is selected as representative of releases in which the leak geometry is circular. Laser-based Rayleigh scattering is used to characterize the hydrogen concentration field downstream of the leak. Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) is also used to characterize the flow velocity. Time-averaged mean and fluctuating hydrogen concentration statistics are presented and compared with results in momentum-dominated flows to elucidate the effects of buoyancy on the H{sub 2} dispersion process. Over the range of Froude numbers investigated (Fr=268, 152 and 99), increasing effects of buoyancy are seen as the Fr is reduced and at downstream locations where the influence of buoyancy increases relative to jet momentum. The primary effect of buoyancy is to increase the centerline decay rate of the time-averaged H{sub 2} mass fraction relative to momentum-dominated flows. Acceleration due to buoyancy also results in a slower decay of the time-averaged axial velocity component along the centerline. Radial profiles of the time-averaged H{sub 2} mass fraction also collapse onto the same curves as results in momentum-dominated flows when plotted against the same similarity/scaling variables. While buoyancy is found to have a negligible effect on centerline velocity fluctuations, the maximum H{sub 2} mass fraction fluctuation intensity increases by 70 percent in the buoyant regime and the peak value shifts from the mixing region to the jet

  15. Release of radon contaminants from Yucca Mountain: The role of buoyancy driven flow

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    The potential for the repository heat source to promote buoyancy driven flow and thereby cause release of radon gas out of Yucca Mountain has been examined through a critical review of the theoretical and experimental studies of this process. The review indicates that steady-state buoyancy enhanced release of natural radon and other contaminant gases should not be a major concern at Yucca Mountain. Barometric pumping and wind pumping are identified as two processes that will have a potentially greater effect on surface releases of gases

  16. Core-annular flow through a horizontal pipe: Hydrodynamic counterbalancing of buoyancy force on core

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    Ooms, G.; Vuik, C.; Poesio, P.

    2007-01-01

    A theoretical investigation has been made of core-annular flow: the flow of a high-viscosity liquid core surrounded by a low-viscosity liquid annular layer through a horizontal pipe. Special attention is paid to the question of how the buoyancy force on the core, caused by a density difference betwe

  17. Coupling between Buoyancy Forces and Electroconvective Instability near Ion-Selective Surfaces

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    Karatay, Elif; Andersen, Mathias Bækbo; Wessling, Matthias; Mani, Ali

    2016-05-01

    Recent investigations have revealed that ion transport from aqueous electrolytes to ion-selective surfaces is subject to electroconvective instability that stems from coupling of hydrodynamics with electrostatic forces. These systems inherently involve fluid density variation set by salinity gradients. However, the coupling between the buoyancy effects and electroconvective instability has not yet been investigated although a wide range of electrochemical systems are naturally prone to these interplaying effects. In this study we thoroughly examine the interplay of gravitational convection and chaotic electroconvection. Our results reveal that buoyant forces can significantly influence the transport rates, otherwise set by electroconvection, when the Rayleigh number Ra of the system exceeds a value Ra ˜1000 . We show that buoyancy forces can significantly alter the flow patterns in these systems. When the buoyancy acts in the stabilizing direction, it limits the extent of penetration of electroconvection, but without eliminating it. When the buoyancy destabilizes the flow, it alters the electroconvective patterns by introducing upward and downward fingers of respectively light and heavy fluids.

  18. Buoyancy frequency profiles and internal semidiurnal tide turning depths in the oceans

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    King, B.; Stone, M.; Zhang, H.P.; Gerkema, T.; Marder, M.; Scott, R.B.; Swinney, H.L.

    2012-01-01

    We examine the possible existence of internal gravity wave "turning depths," depths below which the local buoyancy frequency N(z) becomes smaller than the wave frequency. At a turning depth, incident gravity waves reflect rather than reaching the ocean bottom as is generally assumed. Here we conside

  19. Influence of Buoyancy Control Performance on Power Production by the Wave Dragon Nissum Bredning Prototype

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    Kofoed, Jens Peter; Tedd, James; Friis-Madsen, E.;

    2007-01-01

    This paper reports on the real sea performance of the buoyancy control system of Wave Dragon, a floating wave energy converter using the overtopping principle. The device operates with the full independent control system which has been tested during three years of operation. The impact of the...

  20. Coupling between Buoyancy Forces and Electroconvective Instability near Ion-Selective Surfaces.

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    Karatay, Elif; Andersen, Mathias Bækbo; Wessling, Matthias; Mani, Ali

    2016-05-13

    Recent investigations have revealed that ion transport from aqueous electrolytes to ion-selective surfaces is subject to electroconvective instability that stems from coupling of hydrodynamics with electrostatic forces. These systems inherently involve fluid density variation set by salinity gradients. However, the coupling between the buoyancy effects and electroconvective instability has not yet been investigated although a wide range of electrochemical systems are naturally prone to these interplaying effects. In this study we thoroughly examine the interplay of gravitational convection and chaotic electroconvection. Our results reveal that buoyant forces can significantly influence the transport rates, otherwise set by electroconvection, when the Rayleigh number Ra of the system exceeds a value Ra∼1000. We show that buoyancy forces can significantly alter the flow patterns in these systems. When the buoyancy acts in the stabilizing direction, it limits the extent of penetration of electroconvection, but without eliminating it. When the buoyancy destabilizes the flow, it alters the electroconvective patterns by introducing upward and downward fingers of respectively light and heavy fluids. PMID:27232024

  1. Dissipation of buoyancy waves and turbulence in the atmosphere of venus

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    Izakov, M. N.

    2010-12-01

    The turbulent energy dissipation rate and the coefficients of turbulent diffusion and viscosity caused by breaking buoyancy waves (BWs) have been calculated. From the comparison of these values with other data, the contribution of BWs to the generation of turbulence has been determined. The comparison confirms the validity of the turbulence characteristics of the Venusian troposphere previously calculated from experimental data.

  2. 46 CFR 160.010-5 - Buoyant apparatus with plastic foam buoyancy.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Buoyant apparatus with plastic foam buoyancy. 160.010-5 Section 160.010-5 Shipping COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (CONTINUED) EQUIPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, AND MATERIALS: SPECIFICATIONS AND APPROVAL LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT Buoyant Apparatus for Merchant Vessels § 160.010-5 Buoyant apparatus...

  3. Non-uniqueness of the point of application of the buoyancy force

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    Kliava, Janis; Megel, Jacques, E-mail: janis.kliava@u-bordeaux1.f [CPMOH UMR 5798 Universite de Bordeaux1-CNRS, 351 cours de la Liberation, 33405 Talence cedex (France)

    2010-07-15

    Even though the buoyancy force (also known as the Archimedes force) has always been an important topic of academic studies in physics, its point of application has not been explicitly identified yet. We present a quantitative approach to this problem based on the concept of the hydrostatic energy, considered here for a general shape of the cross-section of a floating body and for an arbitrary angle of heel. We show that the location of the point of application of the buoyancy force essentially depends (i) on the type of motion experienced by the floating body and (ii) on the definition of this point. In a rolling/pitching motion, considerations involving the rotational moment lead to a particular dynamical point of application of the buoyancy force, and for some simple shapes of the floating body this point coincides with the well-known metacentre. On the other hand, from the work-energy relation it follows that in the rolling/pitching motion the energetical point of application of this force is rigidly connected to the centre of buoyancy; in contrast, in a vertical translation this point is rigidly connected to the centre of gravity of the body. Finally, we consider the location of the characteristic points of the floating bodies for some particular shapes of immersed cross-sections. The paper is intended for higher education level physics teachers and students.

  4. Buoyancy driven mixing of miscible fluids by volumetric energy deposition of microwaves.

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    Wachtor, Adam J; Mocko, Veronika; Williams, Darrick J; Goertz, Matthew P; Jebrail, Farzaneh F

    2013-01-01

    An experiment that seeks to investigate buoyancy driven mixing of miscible fluids by microwave volumetric energy deposition is presented. The experiment involves the use of a light, non-polar fluid that initially rests on top of a heavier fluid which is more polar. Microwaves preferentially heat the polar fluid, and its density decreases due to thermal expansion. As the microwave heating continues, the density of the lower fluid eventually becomes less than that of the upper, and buoyancy driven Rayleigh-Taylor mixing ensues. The choice of fluids is crucial to the success of the experiment, and a description is given of numerous fluid combinations considered and characterized. After careful consideration, the miscible pair of toluene/tetrahydrofuran (THF) was determined as having the best potential for successful volumetric energy deposition buoyancy driven mixing. Various single fluid calibration experiments were performed to facilitate the development of a heating theory. Thereafter, results from two-fluid mixing experiments are presented that demonstrate the capability of this novel Rayleigh-Taylor driven experiment. Particular interest is paid to the onset of buoyancy driven mixing and unusual aspects of the experiment in the context of typical Rayleigh-Taylor driven mixing. PMID:24779141

  5. An analytical theory of the buoyancy-Kolmogorov subrange transition in turbulent flows with stable stratification.

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    Sukoriansky, Semion; Galperin, Boris

    2013-01-13

    The buoyancy subrange of stably stratified turbulence is defined as an intermediate range of scales larger than those in the inertial subrange. This subrange encompasses the crossover from internal gravity waves (IGWs) to small-scale turbulence. The energy exchange between the waves and small-scale turbulence is communicated across this subrange. At the same time, it features progressive anisotropization of flow characteristics on increasing spatial scales. Despite many observational and computational studies of the buoyancy subrange, its theoretical understanding has been lagging. This article presents an investigation of the buoyancy subrange using the quasi-normal scale elimination (QNSE) theory of turbulence. This spectral theory uses a recursive procedure of small-scale modes elimination based upon a quasi-normal mapping of the velocity and temperature fields using the Langevin equations. In the limit of weak stable stratification, the theory becomes completely analytical and yields simple expressions for horizontal and vertical eddy viscosities and eddy diffusivities. In addition, the theory provides expressions for various one-dimensional spectra that quantify turbulence anisotropization. The theory reveals how the dispersion relation for IGWs is modified by turbulence, thus alleviating many unique waves' features. Predictions of the QNSE theory for the buoyancy subrange are shown to agree well with various data. PMID:23185059

  6. Non-uniqueness of the point of application of the buoyancy force

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    Even though the buoyancy force (also known as the Archimedes force) has always been an important topic of academic studies in physics, its point of application has not been explicitly identified yet. We present a quantitative approach to this problem based on the concept of the hydrostatic energy, considered here for a general shape of the cross-section of a floating body and for an arbitrary angle of heel. We show that the location of the point of application of the buoyancy force essentially depends (i) on the type of motion experienced by the floating body and (ii) on the definition of this point. In a rolling/pitching motion, considerations involving the rotational moment lead to a particular dynamical point of application of the buoyancy force, and for some simple shapes of the floating body this point coincides with the well-known metacentre. On the other hand, from the work-energy relation it follows that in the rolling/pitching motion the energetical point of application of this force is rigidly connected to the centre of buoyancy; in contrast, in a vertical translation this point is rigidly connected to the centre of gravity of the body. Finally, we consider the location of the characteristic points of the floating bodies for some particular shapes of immersed cross-sections. The paper is intended for higher education level physics teachers and students.

  7. Investigating Students' Ideas About Buoyancy and the Influence of Haptic Feedback

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    Minogue, James; Borland, David

    2016-04-01

    While haptics (simulated touch) represents a potential breakthrough technology for science teaching and learning, there is relatively little research into its differential impact in the context of teaching and learning. This paper describes the testing of a haptically enhanced simulation (HES) for learning about buoyancy. Despite a lifetime of everyday experiences, a scientifically sound explanation of buoyancy remains difficult to construct for many. It requires the integration of domain-specific knowledge regarding density, fluid, force, gravity, mass, weight, and buoyancy. Prior studies suggest that novices often focus on only one dimension of the sinking and floating phenomenon. Our HES was designed to promote the integration of the subconcepts of density and buoyant forces and stresses the relationship between the object itself and the surrounding fluid. The study employed a randomized pretest-posttest control group research design and a suite of measures including an open-ended prompt and objective content questions to provide insights into the influence of haptic feedback on undergraduate students' thinking about buoyancy. A convenience sample (n = 40) was drawn from a university's population of undergraduate elementary education majors. Two groups were formed from haptic feedback (n = 22) and no haptic feedback (n = 18). Through content analysis, discernible differences were seen in the posttest explanations sinking and floating across treatment groups. Learners that experienced the haptic feedback made more frequent use of "haptically grounded" terms (e.g., mass, gravity, buoyant force, pushing), leading us to begin to build a local theory of language-mediated haptic cognition.

  8. Buoyancy-driven flow in a peat moss layer as a mechanism for solute transport

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    Rappoldt, C; Pieters, GJJM; Adema, EB; Baaijens, GJ; Grootjans, AP; van Duijn, CJ; Pieters, Gert-Jan J.M.; Adema, Erwin B.; Baaijens, Gerrit J.; Grootjans, Ab P.; Duijn, Cornelis J. van; Jury, William A.

    2003-01-01

    Transport of nutrients, CO2, methane, and oxygen plays an important ecological role at the surface of wetland ecosystems. A possibly important transport mechanism in a water-saturated peat moss layer (usually Sphagnum cuspidatum) is nocturnal buoyancy flow, the downward flow of relatively cold surfa

  9. Lifetime of oil drops pressed by buoyancy against a planar interface: Large drops

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    Rojas, Clara; García-Sucre, Máximo; Urbina-Villalba, Germán

    2010-01-01

    In a previous report [10] it was shown that emulsion stability simulations are able to reproduce the lifetime of micrometer-size drops of hexadecane pressed by buoyancy against a planar water-hexadecane interface. It was confirmed that small drops (ri

  10. Academic Buoyancy and Academic Resilience: Exploring "Everyday" and "Classic" Resilience in the Face of Academic Adversity

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    Martin, Andrew J.

    2013-01-01

    Academic buoyancy has been defined as a capacity to overcome setbacks, challenges, and difficulties that are part of everyday academic life. Academic resilience has been defined as a capacity to overcome acute and/or chronic adversity that is seen as a major threat to a student's educational development. This study is the first to examine the…

  11. Buoyancy driven flow in a hot water tank due to standby heat loss

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    Fan, Jianhua; Furbo, Simon

    2012-01-01

    show that the CFD model predicts satisfactorily water temperatures at different levels of the tank during cooling by standby heat loss. It is elucidated how the downward buoyancy driven flow along the tank wall is established by the heat loss from the tank sides and how the natural convection flow is...

  12. Buoyancy-driven convection may switch between reactive states in three-dimensional chemical waves

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    Šebestíková, Lenka; Hauser, M. J. B.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 85, č. 3 (2012), 036303. ISSN 1539-3755 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP105/10/0919 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20600510 Keywords : buoyancy-driven convection * chemical waves * iodate-arsenous acid reaction Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics Impact factor: 2.313, year: 2012

  13. Unexpected Positive Buoyancy in Deep Sea Sharks, Hexanchus griseus, and a Echinorhinus cookei.

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    Nakamura, Itsumi; Meyer, Carl G; Sato, Katsufumi

    2015-01-01

    We do not expect non air-breathing aquatic animals to exhibit positive buoyancy. Sharks, for example, rely on oil-filled livers instead of gas-filled swim bladders to increase their buoyancy, but are nonetheless ubiquitously regarded as either negatively or neutrally buoyant. Deep-sea sharks have particularly large, oil-filled livers, and are believed to be neutrally buoyant in their natural habitat, but this has never been confirmed. To empirically determine the buoyancy status of two species of deep-sea sharks (bluntnose sixgill sharks, Hexanchus griseus, and a prickly shark, Echinorhinus cookei) in their natural habitat, we used accelerometer-magnetometer data loggers to measure their swimming performance. Both species of deep-sea sharks showed similar diel vertical migrations: they swam at depths of 200-300 m at night and deeper than 500 m during the day. Ambient water temperature was around 15°C at 200-300 m but below 7°C at depths greater than 500 m. During vertical movements, all deep-sea sharks showed higher swimming efforts during descent than ascent to maintain a given swimming speed, and were able to glide uphill for extended periods (several minutes), indicating that these deep-sea sharks are in fact positively buoyant in their natural habitats. This positive buoyancy may adaptive for stealthy hunting (i.e. upward gliding to surprise prey from underneath) or may facilitate evening upward migrations when muscle temperatures are coolest, and swimming most sluggish, after spending the day in deep, cold water. Positive buoyancy could potentially be widespread in fish conducting daily vertical migration in deep-sea habitats. PMID:26061525

  14. Unexpected Positive Buoyancy in Deep Sea Sharks, Hexanchus griseus, and a Echinorhinus cookei.

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    Itsumi Nakamura

    Full Text Available We do not expect non air-breathing aquatic animals to exhibit positive buoyancy. Sharks, for example, rely on oil-filled livers instead of gas-filled swim bladders to increase their buoyancy, but are nonetheless ubiquitously regarded as either negatively or neutrally buoyant. Deep-sea sharks have particularly large, oil-filled livers, and are believed to be neutrally buoyant in their natural habitat, but this has never been confirmed. To empirically determine the buoyancy status of two species of deep-sea sharks (bluntnose sixgill sharks, Hexanchus griseus, and a prickly shark, Echinorhinus cookei in their natural habitat, we used accelerometer-magnetometer data loggers to measure their swimming performance. Both species of deep-sea sharks showed similar diel vertical migrations: they swam at depths of 200-300 m at night and deeper than 500 m during the day. Ambient water temperature was around 15°C at 200-300 m but below 7°C at depths greater than 500 m. During vertical movements, all deep-sea sharks showed higher swimming efforts during descent than ascent to maintain a given swimming speed, and were able to glide uphill for extended periods (several minutes, indicating that these deep-sea sharks are in fact positively buoyant in their natural habitats. This positive buoyancy may adaptive for stealthy hunting (i.e. upward gliding to surprise prey from underneath or may facilitate evening upward migrations when muscle temperatures are coolest, and swimming most sluggish, after spending the day in deep, cold water. Positive buoyancy could potentially be widespread in fish conducting daily vertical migration in deep-sea habitats.

  15. Buoyancy flow in fractured rock with a salt gradient in the groundwater. A second study of coupled salt and thermal buoyancy

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    An underground nuclear waste repository produces heat that will induce a buoyancy flow of groundwater in fractures and other permeable regions in the surrounding rock. The radioactive material may then, in case of penetrated canisters, possibly reach the biosphere. Measurements of ground water in crystalline rock show an increasing salt content with depth. The resulting increase of water density counteracts the thermal buoyancy, and it may create a natural barrier for the groundwater flow between the repository and the biosphere. The aim of the study is to analyse this barrier effect and to assess the maximum upward displacement of water starting from the vicinity of the repository. The coupled flow process for groundwater, salt and heat with buoyancy due to temperature and salt concentration differences is studied. The equations have been analysed in great detail, and a numerical model has been developed for the case of groundwater flow in a fracture plane. The largest upward displacement from the repository has been determined with the model for any heat release. Approximate formulas, which are shown to be sufficiently accurate for assessments, have been derived. The main formula concerns the case, when the canisters are stacked on the top of each other in a very deep borehole. There are no restrictions in the position of the fracture plane. The borehole may even lie directly in the fracture plane. We find a strong barrier effect. In a reference case with a salt concentration increase of 2% per km downwards and with 300 canisters placed over a length of 2000 m in the borehole (the total amount of released heat is 0.32 TWh), the largest upward displacement from the top of canisters becomes, according to the formula, 60 m

  16. Examination of Buoyancy-Reduction Effect in Induction-Heating Cookers by Using 3D Finite Element Method

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    Yonetsu, Daigo; Tanaka, Kazufumi; Hara, Takehisa

    In recent years, induction-heating (IH) cookers that can be used to heat nonmagnetic metals such as aluminum have been produced. Occasionally, a light pan moves on a glass plate due to buoyancy when heated by an IH cooker. In some IH cookers, an aluminum plate is mounted between the glass plate and the coil in order to reduce the buoyancy effect. The objective of this research is to evaluate the buoyancy-reduction effect and the heating effect of buoyancy-reduction plates. Eddy current analysis is carried out by 3D finite element method, and the electromagnetic force and the heat distribution on the heating plate are calculated. After this calculation is performed, the temperature distribution of the heating plate is calculated by heat transfer analysis. It is found that the shape, area, and the position of the buoyancy reduction plate strongly affect the buoyancy and the heat distribution. The impact of the shape, area, and position of the buoyancy reduction plate was quantified. The phenomena in the heating were elucidated qualitatively.

  17. Studies of heat transfer having relevance to nuclear reactor containment cooling by buoyancy-driven air flow

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    Two separate effects experiments concerned with buoyancy-influenced convective heat transfer in vertical passages which have relevance to the problem of nuclear reactor containment cooling by means of buoyancy-driven airflow are described. A feature of each is that local values of heat transfer coefficient are determined on surfaces maintained at uniform temperature. Experimental results are presented which highlight the need for buoyancy-induced impairment of turbulent convective heat transfer to be accounted for in the design of such passive cooling systems. A strategy is presented for predicting the heat removal by combined convective and radiative heat transfer from a full scale nuclear reactor containment shell using such experimental results

  18. Second-law analysis for buoyancy-driven hydromagnetic couple stress fluid flow through a porous channel

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    Kareem, Semiu O.; Adesanya, Samuel O.; Vincent, Uchechukwu E.

    2016-08-01

    This paper examines the combined effects of the buoyancy force and of the magnetic field on the entropy generation rate in the flow of a couple stress fluid through a porous vertical channel. The flow's dynamical equations were non-dimensionalised and solved via the application of the Adomian decomposition method (ADM). Variations of some thermo-physical parameters were conducted and discussed, with regard to the physics of the fluid. Our result shows that the entropy generation rate increases as the buoyancy increases in the fluid. In addition, the irreversibility in the flow system results mainly from the fluid's viscosity, ohmic heating, and the buoyancy.

  19. A study of the effects of macrosegregation and buoyancy-driven flow in binary mixture solidification

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    Sinha, S. K.; Sundararajan, T.; Garg, V. K.

    1993-01-01

    A generalized anisotropic porous medium approach is developed for modelling the flow, heat and mass transport processes during binary mixture solidification. Transient predictions are obtained using FEM, coupled with an implicit time-marching scheme, for solidification inside a two-dimensional rectangular enclosure. A parametric study focusing attention on the effects of solutal buoyancy and thermal buoyancy is presented. It is observed that three parameters, namely the thermal Rayleigh number, the solutal Rayleigh number, and the relative density change parameter, significantly alter the flow fields in the liquid and the mushy regions. Depending upon the nature of these flow fields, the solute enrichment caused by macrosegregation may occur in the top or the bottom region of the enclosure.

  20. Mathematical modelling of nucleation and growth of crystals with buoyancy effects

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    Alexandrov, D. V.

    2016-04-01

    A complete analytical solution of the integro-differential model describing the nucleation of crystals and their subsequent growth in a binary system with allowance for buoyancy forces is constructed. An exact analytical solution of the Fokker-Planck-type equation for the three-parameter density distribution function is found for arbitrary nucleation kinetics. Two important cases of the Weber-Volmer-Frenkel-Zel'dovich and Meirs kinetics are considered in some detail. It is shown that the solute concentration decreases and the distribution function increases with increasing the melt supercooling (with increasing the depth of a metastable system). It is demonstrated that the distribution function attains its minimum at a certain size of crystals owing to buoyancy forces.

  1. Buoyancy Effects on Flow Transition in Hydrogen Gas Jet Diffusion Flames

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    Albers, Burt W.; Agrawal, Ajay K.; Griffin, DeVon (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Experiments were performed in earth-gravity to determine how buoyancy affected transition from laminar to turbulent flow in hydrogen gas jet diffusion flames. The jet exit Froude number characterizing buoyancy in the flame was varied from 1.65 x 10(exp 5) to 1.14 x 10(exp 8) by varying the operating pressure and/or burner inside diameter. Laminar fuel jet was discharged vertically into ambient air flowing through a combustion chamber. Flame characteristics were observed using rainbow schlieren deflectometry, a line-of-site optical diagnostic technique. Results show that the breakpoint length for a given jet exit Reynolds number increased with increasing Froude number. Data suggest that buoyant transitional flames might become laminar in the absence of gravity. The schlieren technique was shown as effective in quantifying the flame characteristics.

  2. The effects of buoyancy on turbulent nonpremixed jet flames in crossflow

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    Boxx, Isaac G.

    An experimental research study was conducted to investigate what effect buoyancy had on the mean and instantaneous flow-field characteristics of turbulent jet-flames in crossflow (JFICF). The study used an experimental technique wherein a series of normal-gravity, hydrogen-diluted propane JFICF were compared with otherwise identical ones in low-gravity. Experiments were conducted at the University of Texas Drop Tower Facility, a new microgravity science laboratory built for this study at the University of Texas at Austin. Two different diagnostic techniques were employed, high frame-rate digital cinematographic imaging and planar laser Mie scattering (PLMS). The flame-luminosity imaging revealed significant elongation and distortion of the large-scale luminous structure of the JFICF. This was seen to affect the flametip oscillation and burnout characteristics. Mean and root-mean-square (RMS) images of flame-luminosity were computed from the flame-luminosity image sequences. These were used to compare visible flame-shapes, flame chord-lengths and jet centerline-trajectories of the normal- and low-gravity flames. In all cases the jet-centerline penetration and mean luminous flame-width were seen to increase with decreasing buoyancy. The jet-centerline trajectories for the normal-gravity flames were seen to behave differently to those of the low-gravity flames. This difference led to the conclusion that the jet transitions from a momentum-dominated forced convection limit to a buoyancy-influenced regime when it reaches xiC ≈ 3, where xiC is the Becker and Yamazaki (1978) buoyancy parameter based on local flame chord-length. The mean luminous flame-lengths showed little sensitivity to buoyancy or momentum flux ratio. Consistent with the flame-luminosity imaging experiments, comparison of the instantaneous PLMS flow-visualization images revealed substantial buoyancy-induced elongation and distortion of the large-scale shear-layer vortices in the flow. This effect

  3. Multicomponent theory of buoyancy instabilities in magnetized astrophysical plasmas: MHD analysis revisited

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    Nekrasov, Anatoly K

    2010-01-01

    We develop a theory of buoyancy instabilities of the electron-ion plasma with the heat flux based on not the MHD equations, but using the multicomponent plasma approach. We investigate a geometry in which the background magnetic field, gravity, and stratification are directed along one axis. No simplifications usual for the MHD-approach in studying these instabilities are used. The background electron thermal flux and collisions between electrons and ions are included. We derive the simple dispersion relation, which shows that the thermal flux perturbation generally stabilizes an instability. There is a narrow region of the temperature gradient, where an instability is possible. This result contradicts to a conclusion obtained in the MHD-approach. We show that the reason of this contradiction is the simplified assumptions used in the MHD analysis of buoyancy instabilities and the role of the longitudinal electric field perturbation, which is not captured by the MHD equations. Our dispersion relation also show...

  4. Multicomponent theory of buoyancy instabilities in magnetized plasmas: The case of magnetic field parallel to gravity

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    Nekrasov, Anatoly

    2011-01-01

    We investigate electromagnetic buoyancy instabilities of the electron-ion plasma with the heat flux based on not the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations, but using the multicomponent plasma approach when the momentum equations are solved for each species. We consider a geometry in which the background magnetic field, gravity, and stratification are directed along one axis. The nonzero background electron thermal flux is taken into account. Collisions between electrons and ions are included in the momentum equations. No simplifications usual for the one-fluid MHD-approach in studying these instabilities are used. We derive a simple dispersion relation, which shows that the thermal flux perturbation generally stabilizes an instability for the geometry under consideration. This result contradicts to conclusion obtained in the MHD-approach. We show that the reason of this contradiction is the simplified assumptions used in the MHD analysis of buoyancy instabilities and the role of the longitudinal electric field ...

  5. Low-buoyancy thermochemical plumes resolve controversy of classical mantle plume concept.

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    Dannberg, Juliane; Sobolev, Stephan V

    2015-01-01

    The Earth's biggest magmatic events are believed to originate from massive melting when hot mantle plumes rising from the lowermost mantle reach the base of the lithosphere. Classical models predict large plume heads that cause kilometre-scale surface uplift, and narrow (100 km radius) plume tails that remain in the mantle after the plume head spreads below the lithosphere. However, in many cases, such uplifts and narrow plume tails are not observed. Here using numerical models, we show that the issue can be resolved if major mantle plumes contain up to 15-20% of recycled oceanic crust in a form of dense eclogite, which drastically decreases their buoyancy and makes it depth dependent. We demonstrate that, despite their low buoyancy, large enough thermochemical plumes can rise through the whole mantle causing only negligible surface uplift. Their tails are bulky (>200 km radius) and remain in the upper mantle for 100 millions of years. PMID:25907970

  6. Tropical cloud buoyancy is the same in a world with or without ice

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    Seeley, Jacob T.; Romps, David M.

    2016-04-01

    When convective clouds grow above the melting line, where temperatures fall below 0°C, condensed water begins to freeze and water vapor is deposited. These processes release the latent heat of fusion, which warms cloud air, and many previous studies have suggested that this heating from fusion increases cloud buoyancy in the upper troposphere. Here we use numerical simulations of radiative-convective equilibrium with and without ice processes to argue that tropical cloud buoyancy is not systematically higher in a world with fusion than in a world without it. This insensitivity results from the fact that the environmental temperature profile encountered by developing tropical clouds is itself determined by convection. We also offer a simple explanation for the large reservoir of convective available potential energy in the tropical upper troposphere that does not invoke ice.

  7. Numerical and Experimental Study on Negative Buoyance Induced Vortices in N-Butane Jet Flames

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    Xiong, Yuan

    2015-07-26

    Near nozzle flow field in flickering n-butane diffusion jet flames was investigated with a special focus on transient flow patterns of negative buoyance induced vortices. The flow structures were obtained through Mie scattering imaging with seed particles in a fuel stream using continuous-wave (CW) Argon-ion laser. Velocity fields were also quantified with particle mage velocimetry (PIV) system having kHz repetition rate. The results showed that the dynamic motion of negative buoyance induced vortices near the nozzle exit was coupled strongly with a flame flickering instability. Typically during the flame flickering, the negative buoyant vortices oscillated at the flickering frequency. The vortices were distorted by the flickering motion and exhibited complicated transient vortical patterns, such as tilting and stretching. Numerical simulations were also implemented based on an open source C++ package, LaminarSMOKE, for further validations.

  8. Low-buoyancy thermochemical plumes resolve controversy of classical mantle plume concept

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    Dannberg, Juliane; Sobolev, Stephan V.

    2015-01-01

    The Earth's biggest magmatic events are believed to originate from massive melting when hot mantle plumes rising from the lowermost mantle reach the base of the lithosphere. Classical models predict large plume heads that cause kilometre-scale surface uplift, and narrow (100 km radius) plume tails that remain in the mantle after the plume head spreads below the lithosphere. However, in many cases, such uplifts and narrow plume tails are not observed. Here using numerical models, we show that the issue can be resolved if major mantle plumes contain up to 15–20% of recycled oceanic crust in a form of dense eclogite, which drastically decreases their buoyancy and makes it depth dependent. We demonstrate that, despite their low buoyancy, large enough thermochemical plumes can rise through the whole mantle causing only negligible surface uplift. Their tails are bulky (>200 km radius) and remain in the upper mantle for 100 millions of years. PMID:25907970

  9. BUOYANCY INSTABILITY IN THE NATURAL CONVECTION BOUNDARY LAYER AROUND A VERTICAL HEATED FLAT PLATE

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    颜大椿; 张汉勋

    2002-01-01

    A systematic research on the buoyancy instability in the natural convection boundary layer was conducted, including the basic characteristics such as its spectral components, wave length and velocity, the location of its critical layer,and amplitude distributions of the triple independent eigenmodes with the linear instability theory, the growth rates of its temperature and velocity fluctuations and the corresponding neutral curves for the buoyancy eigenmode were also obtained.Results indicated that the neutral curve of the velocity fluctuation had a nose shape consistent with that obtained in the numerical calculation, but for the temperature fluctuation, a ring-like region could be measured at a lower Grashof number before the nose-shaped main portion of the neutral curve.

  10. The effect of surface buoyancy gradients on oceanic Rossby wave propagation

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    Xiao, Xiao(Institute for Strings, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP) and Physics Department, Columbia University, 538 West 120th Street, New York, NY, 10027 U.S.A.); Smith, K. Shafer; Keating, Shane R.

    2014-01-01

    Motivated by the discrepancy between satellite observations of coherent westward propagating surface features and Rossby wave theory, this paper revisits the planetary wave propagation problem, taking into account the effects of lateral buoyancy gradients at the ocean's surface. The standard theory for long baroclinic Rossby waves is based on an expansion of the quasigeostrophic stretching operator in normal modes, $\\phi_n(z)$, satisfying a Neumann boundary condition at the surface, $\\phi_n'(...

  11. Asymptotic conditions for the use of linear ventilation models in the presence of buoyancy forces

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    Cao, Shijie; Meyers, Johan

    2014-01-01

    Low-dimensional discrete linear ventilation models have been studied by Cao and Meyers (2012). In the present study, we investigate the validity and applicability of linear ventilation models for heavy-gas dispersion by employing Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations. A simple benchmark ventilation case is considered under isothermal condition. Considering large density differences from pollutant gas and fresh air, the effect of buoyancy force has been taken into account in turbu...

  12. Convective damping of buoyancy anomalies and its effect on lapse rates in the tropical lower troposphere

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    Folkins, I.

    2005-01-01

    International audience In regions of the tropics undergoing active deep convection, the variation of lower tropospheric lapse rates (2.0 km to 5.2 km) with height is inconsistent with both reversible moist adiabatic and pseudoadiabatic assumptions. It is argued that this anomalous behavior arises from the tendency for the divergence of a convective buoyancy anomaly to be primarily offset by the collective divergence of other updrafts and downdrafts within one Rossby radius of deformation. ...

  13. Buoyancy Effects on the Scaling Characteristics of Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Fields in the Mesoscale Range

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    Kiliyanpilakkil, V P; Ruiz-Columbié, A; Araya, G; Castillo, L; Hirth, B; Burgett, W

    2015-01-01

    We have analyzed long-term wind speed time-series from five field sites up to a height of 300 m from the ground. Structure function-based scaling analysis has revealed that the scaling exponents in the mesoscale regime systematically depend on height. This anomalous behavior is shown to be caused by the buoyancy effects. In the framework of the extended self-similarity, the relative scaling exponents portray quasi-universal behavior.

  14. Effect of bioadhesion on initial in vitro buoyancy of effervescent floating matrix tablets of ciprofloxacin HCL

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    Jeetendra Singh Negi; Abhinav Trivedi; Praveen Khanduri; Vandana Negi; Nikhil Kasliwal

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate effect of bioadhesion on the initial in vitro buoyancy behaviour of effervescent matrix tablets of ciprofloxacin HCl (CIPRO). Tablets were prepared by direct compression using HPMC K4M and Carbopol 971P as hydrophilic-controlled release polymers, sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO 3 ) as gas-generating agent, polyplasdone XL, Explotab and Ac-Di-Sol as swelling agents. Tablets were evaluated for normal and modified initial in vitro floating behavior, floatin...

  15. The buoyancy convection during directional solidification of AlZn eutectic

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    PrazÁk, M.; Procio, M.; Holecek, S.

    1993-01-01

    A study has been made of the effect of buoyancy convection during the directional solidification of AlZn eutectic alloy. Experiments have been conducted using a Bridgman-Stockbarger arrangement with the furnace moving along the specimen. The apparatus rotated around the horizontal axis, which made it possible to carry out measurements at different angles β contained by the gravity and temperature gradient vectors in the specimen. The anisotropy of both the linear thermal expansion coefficient...

  16. Experimental parameterisation of principal physics in buoyancy variations of marine teleost eggs

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    Kyung-Mi Jung; Arild Folkvord; Olav Sigurd Kjesbu; Svein Sundby

    2014-01-01

    It is generally accepted that the high buoyancy of pelagic marine eggs is due to substantial influx of water across the cell membrane just before ovulation. Here we further develop the theoretical basis by applying laboratory observations of the various components of the fertilized egg in first-principle equations for egg specific gravity (ρ(egg)) followed by statistical validation. We selected Atlantic cod as a model animal due to the affluent amount of literature on this species, but also u...

  17. Craton stability and longevity: The roles of composition-dependent rheology and buoyancy

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    Wang, Hongliang; van Hunen, Jeroen; Pearson, D. Graham; Allen, Mark B.

    2014-01-01

    Survival of thick cratonic roots in a vigorously convecting mantle system for billions of years has long been studied by the geodynamical community. High strength of the cratonic root is generally considered to be the most important factor, but the role of lithospheric mantle depletion and dehydration in this strengthening is still debated. Geodynamical models often argue for a significant strength or buoyancy contrast between cratonic and non-cratonic mantle lithosphere, induced by mantle de...

  18. The effect of ambient salinity on the buoyancy of eggs from the Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)

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    Mangor-Jensen, Anders; Jelmert, Anders

    1986-01-01

    The effect of ambient salinity on buoyancy and the formation of perivitelline fluid in eggs from the Atlantic halibut Hippoglossus hippoglossus have been investigated. The results clearly demonstrate that the water balance of the eggs are independant of the ambient salinity the first days after fertilization. The water loss from eggs fertilized in 17 ppt saline sea water was not less than from eggs fertilized in 34 ppt sea water in spite of a reduced osmotic gradient. Nei...

  19. Turbulence-induced secondary motion in a buoyancy-driven flow in a circular pipe

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    Hallez, Yannick; Magnaudet, Jacques

    2009-01-01

    We analyze the results of a direct numerical simulation of the turbulent buoyancy-driven flow that sets in after two miscible fluids of slightly different densities have been initially superimposed in an unstable configuration in an inclined circular pipe closed at both ends. In the central region located midway between the end walls, where the flow is fully developed, the resulting mean flow is found to exhibit nonzero secondary velocity components in the tube cross section. We present a det...

  20. Viscous Dissipation and Buoyancy Effects on Laminar Convection in a Vertical Channel with Transpiration

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    Idowu Amos Sesan; Joseph K. Moses; Onwubuoya Cletus; Joseph W D

    2013-01-01

    The viscous dissipation and buoyancy effects on laminar convection with transpiration are investigated. Uniform and asymmetric temperatures are prescribed at the channel walls. The velocity field is considered as parallel. A perturbation method is employed to solve the momentum balance equation and the energy balance equation. A comparison with the velocity and temperature profiles in the case of laminar forced convection with various dissipation is performed in order to point out the effect ...

  1. Combined Effect of Buoyancy Force and Navier Slip on Entropy Generation in a Vertical Porous Channel

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    Oluwole Daniel Makinde; Adetayo Samuel Eegunjobi

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the combined effects of buoyancy force and Navier slip on the entropy generation rate in a vertical porous channel with wall suction/injection. The nonlinear model problem is tackled numerically using Runge–Kutta–Fehlberg method with shooting technique. Both the velocity and temperature profiles are obtained and utilized to compute the entropy generation number. The effects of slip parameter, Brinkmann number, the Peclet number and suction/injection Reynolds numb...

  2. Investigation of Hydrodynamic Aspects of the Design of the Universal Buoyancy Concept (UBC) Loading Buoy

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    Knutsen, David Mikal

    2012-01-01

    A new loading and discharge concept for ships, referred to as the Universal Buoyancy Concept (UBC), is proposed as an effective alternative to land based infrastructure for distribution of primarily LNG. The UBC system consists of a slack moored stepped spar buoy equipped with pads for shipside vacuum attachment. The buoy is connected to shore based tank facilities with a flexible cryogenic riser, thus providing opportunity for offshore loading and discharge of cryogenic liquids. In the follo...

  3. The ALTEC- Neutral Buoyancy Test Facility: A Powerful Tool for Physiology and Neuroscience Research

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    Benassai, Mario

    2013-02-01

    Recently introduced by the European Space Agency in the list of Ground Based Facilities (GBF), the ALTEC Neutral Buoyancy Test Facility (NBTF) is a unique item: this is the greatest pool completely out of the ground in Europe. Its four huge windows - one facing on a dedicated control room connected to subjects via audio and video links - allow a complete monitoring of the subject / experiment scenario

  4. Buoyancy waves in Pluto’s high atmosphere: Implications for stellar occultations

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    Hubbard, W. B.; McCarthy, D. W.; Kulesa, C. A.; Benecchi, S. D.; Person, M. J.; Elliot, J. L.; Gulbis, A. A. S.

    2009-11-01

    We apply scintillation theory to stellar signal fluctuations in the high-resolution, high signal/noise, dual-wavelength data from the MMT observation of the 2007 March 18 occultation of P445.3 by Pluto. A well-defined high wavenumber cutoff in the fluctuations is consistent with viscous-thermal dissipation of buoyancy waves (internal gravity waves) in Pluto's high atmosphere, and provides strong evidence that the underlying density fluctuations are governed by the gravity-wave dispersion relation.

  5. Experimental Study of Wind-Opposed Buoyancy-Driven Natural Ventilation

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    Andersen, A.; Bjerre, M.; Chen, Z. D.;

    Natural ventilation driven by natural forces, i.e. wind and thermal buoyancy, is an environmentally friendly system for buildings and has been increasingly used around the world in recent years to mitigate the impact on the global environment due to the significant energy consumption by heating......, ventilation and air-conditioning (HV AC). There is a need for the understanding and development of theories and tools related to the design, operation and control of natural ventilation systems....

  6. Buoyancy efects on three-dimensional waves of iodate-arsenous acid reactions

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    Šebestíková, Lenka

    Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg, 2012 - (Mehlig, B.; Ghavami, O.; Östlund, S.; Hanstorp, D.). s. 136 ISBN 978-91-637-1501-3. [Dynamics Days Europe /32./. 02.09.2012-07.09.2012, Gothenburg] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP105/10/0919 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20600510 Keywords : buoyancy * chemical waves * iodate-arsenous acid reaction Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  7. What buoyancy really is. A Generalized Archimedes Principle for sedimentation and ultracentrifugation

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    Piazza, Roberto; Buzzaccaro, Stefano; Secchi, Eleonora; Parola, Alberto

    2012-01-01

    Particle settling is a pervasive process in nature, and centrifugation is a much versatile separation technique. Yet, the results of settling and ultracentrifugation experiments often appear to contradict the very law on which they are based: Archimedes Principle - arguably, the oldest Physical Law. The purpose of this paper is delving at the very roots of the concept of buoyancy by means of a combined experimental-theoretical study on sedimentation profiles in colloidal mixtures. Our analysi...

  8. Buoyant balaenids: the ups and downs of buoyancy in right whales.

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    Nowacek, D. P.; Johnson, M P; Tyack, P.L.; Shorter, K. A.; McLellan, W. A.; Pabst, D.A.

    2001-01-01

    A variety of marine mammal species have been shown to conserve energy by using negative buoyancy to power prolonged descent glides during dives. A new non-invasive tag attached to North Atlantic right whales recorded swim stroke from changes in pitch angle derived from a three-axis accelerometer. These results show that right whales are positively buoyant near the surface, a finding that has significant implications for both energetics and management. Some of the most powerful fluke strokes o...

  9. Predictions of buoyancy-induced flow in asymmetrical heated rotating cavity system

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    This paper presents the finite difference solutions for buoyancy-induced flow in the asymmetrical heated rotating cavity system for the range of rotational Reynolds numbers Re =6.13x10/sup 5/< Re/sub theta/=4.4*10/sup 6/ and the mass flow rates C/sub w/ <28000< C/sub w/ <3000. All the simulations have been carried out through the CFD (computational Fluid Dynamics) commercial code, ANSYS Fluent 12.0, by adopting axisymmetric, steady-state and elliptic technique. Two well know models namely k-epsilon and the Reynolds stress models have been employed. The simulated results illustrate the important aspects of the heated rotating cavity flow system. The noteworthy influence of buoyancy-induced flow have been observed on the predicted stream line, static temperature contours and the local Nusselt numbers for the rotating cavity flow system. The noteworthy influence of buoyancy-induced flow have been observed on the predicted stream lines, static temperature contours and the local Nusselt numbers for the rotating cavity space. A comparison of the predicted local nusselt numbers for the hot and cold discs showed a good level of agreement with the measurement. (author)

  10. Schlieren Measurements of Buoyancy Effects on Flow Transition in Low-Density Gas Jets

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    Pasumarthi, Kasyap S.; Agrawal, Ajay K.

    2005-01-01

    The transition from laminar to turbulent flow in helium jets discharged into air was studied using Rainbow Schlieren Deflectometry technique. In particular, the effects of buoyancy on jet oscillations and flow transition length were considered. Experiments to simulate microgravity were conducted in the 2.2s drop tower at NASA Glenn Research Center. The jet Reynolds numbers varied from 800 to1200 and the jet Richardson numbers ranged between 0.01 and 0.004. Schlieren images revealed substantial variations in the flow structure during the drop. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis of the data obtained in Earth gravity experiments revealed the existence of a discrete oscillating frequency in the transition region, which matched the frequency in the upstream laminar regime. In microgravity, the transition occurred farther downstream indicating laminarization of the jet in the absence of buoyancy. The amplitude of jet oscillations was reduced by up to an order of magnitude in microgravity. Results suggest that jet oscillations were buoyancy induced and that the brief microgravity period may not be sufficient for the oscillations to completely subside.

  11. Effects of buoyancy and forcing on transitioning and turbulent circular jet flames

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    Nichols, Joseph W.; Riley, James J.; Schmid, Peter J.

    2003-11-01

    The effects of buoyancy and forcing on circular jet flames are first studied by comparing direct numerical simulations (DNS) of the jet flames in zero-gravity environments to simulations of similar jet flames in normal gravity. A low Mach number approximation is applied to the fully compressible Navier-Stokes equations which filters out acoustic waves but still captures variable density effects. It is found that buoyancy tends to make the flow much more unstable, so that strong instabilities appear even in the absence of externally applied forcing. In order to understand the effects of the enhancement of the instability by buoyancy, a spatial stability analysis of the linearized low Mach number equations is performed for a variable density jet by means of a primitive variable formulation. Using spectral expansion methods, a spectrum of eigenvalues and corresponding eigenfunctions is obtained. Additionally, the stability analysis determines the optimal forcing needed to enhance the instability growth, which is thought to play a key role in the control of the flow development in the near field of a jet.

  12. Energy cost and putative benefits of cellular mechanisms modulating buoyancy in aflagellate marine phytoplankton.

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    Lavoie, Michel; Raven, John A; Levasseur, Maurice

    2016-04-01

    Little information is available on the energetics of buoyancy modulation in aflagellate phytoplankton, which comprises the majority of autotrophic cells found in the ocean. Here, we computed for three aflagellate species of marine phytoplankton (Emiliania huxleyi, Thalassiosira pseudonana, and Ethmodiscus rex) the theoretical minimum energy cost as photons absorbed and nitrogen resource required of the key physiological mechanisms (i.e., replacement of quaternary ammonium by dimethyl-sulfoniopropionate, storage of polysaccharides, and cell wall biosynthesis) affecting the cell's vertical movement as a function of nitrogen (N) availability. These energy costs were also normalized to the capacity of each buoyancy mechanism to modulate sinking or rising rates based on Stokes' law. The three physiological mechanisms could act as ballast in the three species tested in conditions of low N availability at a low fraction (<12%) of the total photon energy cost for growth. Cell wall formation in E. huxleyi was the least costly ballast strategy, whereas in T. pseudonana, the photon energy cost of the three ballast strategies was similar. In E. rex, carbohydrate storage and mobilization appear to be energetically cheaper than modulations in organic solute synthesis to achieve vertical migration. This supports the carbohydrate-ballast strategy for vertical migration for this species, but argues against the theory of replacement of low- or high-density organic solutes. This study brings new insights into the energy cost and potential selective advantages of several strategies modulating the buoyancy of aflagellate marine phytoplankton. PMID:27037589

  13. Craton stability and longevity: The roles of composition-dependent rheology and buoyancy

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    Wang, Hongliang; van Hunen, Jeroen; Pearson, D. Graham; Allen, Mark B.

    2014-04-01

    Survival of thick cratonic roots in a vigorously convecting mantle system for billions of years has long been studied by the geodynamical community. High strength of the cratonic root is generally considered to be the most important factor, but the role of lithospheric mantle depletion and dehydration in this strengthening is still debated. Geodynamical models often argue for a significant strength or buoyancy contrast between cratonic and non-cratonic mantle lithosphere, induced by mantle depletion and dehydration. But recent laboratory experiments argue for only a modest effect of dehydration strengthening. Can we reconcile laboratory experiments and geodynamical models? We perform and discuss new numerical models to investigate craton stability and longevity with different composition-dependent rheology and buoyancy. Our results show that highly viscous and possibly buoyant cratonic root is essential to stabilise a geometry in which thick cratonic lithosphere and thinner non-cratonic lithosphere coexist for billions of years. Using non-Newtonian rheology, a modest strengthening factor of Δη=3 can protect compositionally buoyant cratonic roots from erosion by mantle convection for over billions of years. A larger strengthening factor (Δη=10) can maintain long term craton stability even with little or no intrinsic buoyancy. Such composition-dependent rheology is comparable to the laboratory experiments. This implies that a strict isopycnic state of cratonic lithosphere may not be necessary for the preservation of a cratonic root, provided a sufficient level of compositional strengthening is present.

  14. Influences of buoyancy and thermal boundary conditions on heat transfer with naturally-induced flow

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    A fundamental study is reported of heat transfer from a vertical heated tube to air which is induced naturally upwards through it by the action of buoyancy. Measurements of local heat transfer coefficient were made using a specially designed computer-controlled power supply and measurement system for conditions of uniform wall temperature and uniform wall heat flux. The effectiveness of heat transfer proved to be much lower than for conditions of forced convection. It was found that the results could be correlated satisfactorily when presented in terms of dimensionless parameters similar to those used for free convection heat transfer from vertical surfaces provided that the heat transfer coefficients were evaluated using local fluid bulk temperature calculated utilising the measured values of flow rate induced through the system. Additional experiments were performed' with pumped flow. These covered the entire mixed convection region. It was found that the data for naturally-induced flow mapped onto the pumped flow data when presented in terms of Nusselt number ratio (mixed to forced) and buoyancy parameter. Computational simulations of the experiments were performed using an advanced computer code which incorporated a buoyancy-influenced, variable property, developing wall shear flow formulation and a low Reynolds number k-ε turbulence model. These reproduced observed behaviour quite well. (author)

  15. CO$_2$ dissolution controlled by buoyancy driven shear dispersion in a background hydrological flow

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    Unwin, H Juliette T; Woods, Andrew W

    2015-01-01

    We present an analytical and numerical study of the long-time flow which controls the dissolution of a plume of CO$_2$ following injection into an anticline structure in a deep saline aquifer of finite vertical extent. Over times of tens to thousands of years, some of the CO$_2$ will dissolve into the underlying groundwater to produce a region of relatively dense, CO$_2$ saturated water directly below the plume of CO$_2$. Continued dissolution then requires the supply of CO$_2$ unsaturated aquifer water. This may be provided by a background hydrological flow or buoyancy driven flow caused by the density contrast between the CO$_2$ saturated and unsaturated water in the aquifer. At long times, the interaction of the cross-layer diffusive mixing with the buoyancy, leads to buoyancy driven shear dispersion of the CO$_2$. With a background hydrological flow, the upstream transport of dissolved CO$_2$ by this dispersion becomes balanced by the oncoming hydrological flow so that CO$_2$ rich water can only spread a ...

  16. Buoyancy driven convection in open-cell metal foam using the volume averaging theory

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    Heat sinks with open-cell aluminium foam are studied numerically in buoyancy driven convection with air as surrounding medium. Results from a 2D numerical model are compared to experiments for different foam heights. The numerical model is based on the volume averaging theory. If only convective heat transfer is taken into account in the numerical model, the relative differences between the numerical and experimental results are smaller than 29% for all foam heights studied. However, when the influence of radiation is included in the numerical model, it is shown that the numerical results differ less than 9% with the experimental ones. This clearly shows that it is necessary to properly model radiative heat transfer in numerical models of open-cell aluminium foam in buoyancy driven convection. Finally, a sensitivity study of ten main parameters of the volume averaged model (closure terms, effective properties) and the experimental setup (substrate temperature, dimensions of the heat sink) is performed. It is shown that the construction details and dimensions of the experimental setup have the largest impact on the heat transfer rate and not the convection coefficient, as is often assumed. - Highlights: • Heat sinks with metal foam are studied in buoyancy driven convection. • Study is done numerically based on VAT and comparison is made with experiments. • When only convection is taken into account: differences are smaller than 29%. • When radiative heat transfer is included: differences are smaller than 9%. • Sensitivity study shows that convection coefficient is not most important parameter

  17. Fluid mechanics of ventilation system generated by buoyancy and momentum sources and experiments research

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    WANG Xin; HUANG Chen; FU Yu-ying; CAO Wei-wu

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents fluid mechanics of ventilation system formed by the momentum source and the buoyancy source,which investigates inter-action between the plume and the non-isothermal air jet since buoyancy source is produced by the plume and momentum source is generated by the air jet,respectively.The interaction is discussed by a mathematical model,an idealized situation of the plume rising from a point heat source of buoyancy alone-in particular the initial momentum flux at the source is zero.Furthermore,the paper discusses the effects of the parameters such as strength of source,air-flow volume and air-flow velocity used in the mathematical-physical model.Considering the effect of the plume generated by the indoor heat source,one expression of trajectory of the non-isothermal air jet produced by jet diffuser is deduced.And field-experiment has also been carried out to illustrate the effect on flowing-action of the air jet and validate the theoretical work.It can be concluded that the heat sources do have effect on the flowing-action of the air jet,and the effect mainly depends on the interaction produced by the plume and the air jet.The results show that the thermal buoyant effect of plumes on the air jet should be taken into account if the indoor heat sources are large enough.Numerical simulation is conducted and coincides with the experimental results as well.

  18. Numerical Simulation on Floating Behavior of Buoyancy Tank Foundation of Anemometer Tower

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    丁红岩; 韩艳丽; 张浦阳

    2014-01-01

    The intact stability and damage stability of a model of an anemometer tower with buoyancy tank founda-tion are computed by the finite element software MOSES in this paper. The natural period of the anemometer tower is discussed through frequency domain analysis. The influence of a single factor, such as towing point position, wave height, wave direction and wave period, on towing stability is discussed through time domain analysis. At the same time, the towing stability under the condition of various combinations of many factors is analyzed based on the meas-ured data of the target area. Computer simulation results show that the intact stability is preferable and the damage stability is sufficient under the condition of plenty of subdivisions. Within the scope of the buoyancy tank foundation, the higher the towing point position is, the better the stability is. Wave height has a great impact on the motion ampli-tude of buoyancy tank foundation, but the effect on the acceleration is not obvious;wave period has a great impact on the acceleration, while the effect on the motion amplitude is not obvious;following-waves towing is more conducive to safety than atry.

  19. Magnetic buoyancy instabilities in the presence of magnetic flux pumping at the base of the solar convection zone

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    Barker, A.J.; Silvers, L. J.; Proctor, M. R. E.; Weiss, N.O.

    2012-01-01

    We perform idealized numerical simulations of magnetic buoyancy instabilities in three dimensions, solving the equations of compressible magnetohydrodynamics in a model of the solar tachocline. In particular, we study the effects of including a highly simplified model of magnetic flux pumping in an upper layer (‘the convection zone’) on magnetic buoyancy instabilities in a lower layer (‘the upper parts of the radiative interior – including the tachocline’), to study these competing flux trans...

  20. Buoyancy under control: underwater locomotor performance in a deep diving seabird suggests respiratory strategies for reducing foraging effort.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Because they have air stored in many body compartments, diving seabirds are expected to exhibit efficient behavioural strategies for reducing costs related to buoyancy control. We study the underwater locomotor activity of a deep-diving species from the Cormorant family (Kerguelen shag and report locomotor adjustments to the change of buoyancy with depth. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using accelerometers, we show that during both the descent and ascent phases of dives, shags modelled their acceleration and stroking activity on the natural variation of buoyancy with depth. For example, during the descent phase, birds increased swim speed with depth. But in parallel, and with a decay constant similar to the one in the equation explaining the decrease of buoyancy with depth, they decreased foot-stroke frequency exponentially, a behaviour that enables birds to reduce oxygen consumption. During ascent, birds also reduced locomotor cost by ascending passively. We considered the depth at which they started gliding as a proxy to their depth of neutral buoyancy. This depth increased with maximum dive depth. As an explanation for this, we propose that shags adjust their buoyancy to depth by varying the amount of respiratory air they dive with. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Calculations based on known values of stored body oxygen volumes and on deep-diving metabolic rates in avian divers suggest that the variations of volume of respiratory oxygen associated with a respiration mediated buoyancy control only influence aerobic dive duration moderately. Therefore, we propose that an advantage in cormorants--as in other families of diving seabirds--of respiratory air volume adjustment upon diving could be related less to increasing time of submergence, through an increased volume of body oxygen stores, than to reducing the locomotor costs of buoyancy control.

  1. Fishing for drifts: detecting buoyancy changes of a top marine predator using a step-wise filtering method.

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    Gordine, Samantha Alex; Fedak, Michael; Boehme, Lars

    2015-12-01

    In southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina), fasting- and foraging-related fluctuations in body composition are reflected by buoyancy changes. Such buoyancy changes can be monitored by measuring changes in the rate at which a seal drifts passively through the water column, i.e. when all active swimming motion ceases. Here, we present an improved knowledge-based method for detecting buoyancy changes from compressed and abstracted dive profiles received through telemetry. By step-wise filtering of the dive data, the developed algorithm identifies fragments of dives that correspond to times when animals drift. In the dive records of 11 southern elephant seals from South Georgia, this filtering method identified 0.8-2.2% of all dives as drift dives, indicating large individual variation in drift diving behaviour. The obtained drift rate time series exhibit that, at the beginning of each migration, all individuals were strongly negatively buoyant. Over the following 75-150 days, the buoyancy of all individuals peaked close to or at neutral buoyancy, indicative of a seal's foraging success. Independent verification with visually inspected detailed high-resolution dive data confirmed that this method is capable of reliably detecting buoyancy changes in the dive records of drift diving species using abstracted data. This also affirms that abstracted dive profiles convey the geometric shape of drift dives in sufficient detail for them to be identified. Further, it suggests that, using this step-wise filtering method, buoyancy changes could be detected even in old datasets with compressed dive information, for which conventional drift dive classification previously failed. PMID:26486362

  2. Buoyancy Effects on Flow Structure and Instability of Low-Density Gas Jets

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    Pasumarthi, Kasyap Sriramachandra

    2004-01-01

    A low-density gas jet injected into a high-density ambient gas is known to exhibit self-excited global oscillations accompanied by large vortical structures interacting with the flow field. The primary objective of the proposed research is to study buoyancy effects on the origin and nature of the flow instability and structure in the near-field of low-density gas jets. Quantitative rainbow schlieren deflectometry, Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and Linear stability analysis were the techniques employed to scale the buoyancy effects. The formation and evolution of vortices and scalar structure of the flow field are investigated in buoyant helium jets discharged from a vertical tube into quiescent air. Oscillations at identical frequency were observed throughout the flow field. The evolving flow structure is described by helium mole percentage contours during an oscillation cycle. Instantaneous, mean, and RMS concentration profiles are presented to describe interactions of the vortex with the jet flow. Oscillations in a narrow wake region near the jet exit are shown to spread through the jet core near the downstream location of the vortex formation. The effects of jet Richardson number on characteristics of vortex and flow field are investigated and discussed. The laminar, axisymmetric, unsteady jet flow of helium injected into air was simulated using CFD. Global oscillations were observed in the flow field. The computed oscillation frequency agreed qualitatively with the experimentally measured frequency. Contours of helium concentration, vorticity and velocity provided information about the evolution and propagation of vortices in the oscillating flow field. Buoyancy effects on the instability mode were evaluated by rainbow schlieren flow visualization and concentration measurements in the near-field of self-excited helium jets undergoing gravitational change in the microgravity environment of 2.2s drop tower at NASA John H. Glenn Research Center. The jet

  3. On the correlation of buoyancy-influenced turbulent convective heat transfer to fluids at supercritical pressure

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    This paper is concerned with buoyancy-influenced turbulent convective heat transfer in vertical tubes for conditions where the physical properties vary strongly with temperature as in fluids at supercritical pressure in the pseudocritical temperature region. An extended physically-based, semi-empirical model is described which has been developed to account for the extreme non-uniformity of properties which can be present in such fluids and lead to strong influences of buoyancy which cause the mean flow and turbulence fields to be modified in such a manner that has a very profound effect on heat transfer. Data for both upward and downward flow from experiments using carbon dioxide at supercritical pressure (8.80, MPa, p/pc=1.19) in a uniformly heated tube of internal diameter 2 mm and length 290 mm, obtained under conditions of strong non-uniformity of fluid properties, are being correlated and fitted using an approach based on the model. It provides a framework for describing the complex heat transfer behaviour which can be encountered in such experiments by means of an equation of simple form. Buoyancy-induced impairment and enhancement of heat transfer is successfully reproduced by the model. Similar studies are in progress using experimental data for both carbon dioxide and water from other sources. The aim is to obtain an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms by which deterioration of heat transfer might arise in sensitive applications involving supercritical pressure fluids, such as high pressure, water-cooled reactors operating above the critical pressure. (authors)

  4. Turbulent flow in rib-roughened channel under the effect of Coriolis and rotational buoyancy forces

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    Coletti, Filippo; Jacono, David Lo; Cresci, Irene; Arts, Tony

    2014-04-01

    The turbulent flow inside a rotating channel provided with transverse ribs along one wall is studied by means of two-dimensional time-resolved particle image velocimetry. The measurement set-up is mounted on the same rotating disk with the test section, allowing to obtain the same accuracy and resolution as in a non-rotating rig. The Reynolds number is 15 000, and the rotation number is 0.38. As the ribbed wall is heated, both the Coriolis force and the centrifugal force play a role in the fluid dynamics. The mean velocity fields highlight the major impact of the rotational buoyancy (characterized by a buoyancy number of 0.31) on the flow along the leading side of the duct. In particular, since the flow is directed radially outward, the near-wall layers experience significant centripetal buoyancy. The recirculation area behind the obstacles is enlarged to the point of spanning the whole inter-rib space. Also the turbulent fluctuations are significantly altered, and overall augmented, with respect to the non-buoyant case, resulting in higher turbulence levels far from the rib. On the other hand the centrifugal force has little or no impact on the flow along the trailing wall. Vortex identification, proper orthogonal decomposition, and two-point correlations are used to highlight rotational effects, and in particular to determine the dominant scales of the turbulent unsteady flow, the time-dependent behavior of the shear layer and of the recirculation bubble behind the wall-mounted obstacles, the lifetime and advection velocity of the coherent structures.

  5. On the correlation of buoyancy-influenced turbulent convective heat transfer to fluids at supercritical pressure

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    Jackson, J. D. [Univ. of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom); Jiang, P. X.; Liu, B. [Tsinghua Univ., Thermal Engineering Dept., Beijing (China)

    2012-07-01

    This paper is concerned with buoyancy-influenced turbulent convective heat transfer in vertical tubes for conditions where the physical properties vary strongly with temperature as in fluids at supercritical pressure in the pseudocritical temperature region. An extended physically-based, semi-empirical model is described which has been developed to account for the extreme non-uniformity of properties which can be present in such fluids and lead to strong influences of buoyancy which cause the mean flow and turbulence fields to be modified in such a manner that has a very profound effect on heat transfer. Data for both upward and downward flow from experiments using carbon dioxide at supercritical pressure (8.80, MPa, p/pc=1.19) in a uniformly heated tube of internal diameter 2 mm and length 290 mm, obtained under conditions of strong non-uniformity of fluid properties, are being correlated and fitted using an approach based on the model. It provides a framework for describing the complex heat transfer behaviour which can be encountered in such experiments by means of an equation of simple form. Buoyancy-induced impairment and enhancement of heat transfer is successfully reproduced by the model. Similar studies are in progress using experimental data for both carbon dioxide and water from other sources. The aim is to obtain an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms by which deterioration of heat transfer might arise in sensitive applications involving supercritical pressure fluids, such as high pressure, water-cooled reactors operating above the critical pressure. (authors)

  6. Experiments on buoyancy-driven crack around the brittle-ductile transition

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    Sumita, Ikuro; Ota, Yukari

    2011-04-01

    We report the results of laboratory experiments exploring how a buoyancy-driven liquid-filled crack migrates within a viscoelastic medium whose rheology is around the brittle-ductile transition. To model such medium, we use a low concentration agar, which has a small yield stress and a large yield strain (deformation) when it fractures. We find that around the transition, the fluid migrates as a hybrid of a diapir (head) and a dyke (tail). Here the diapir is a bulged crack in which fracturing occurs at its tip and closes at its tail to form a dyke. A small amount of fluid is left along its trail and the fluid decelerates with time. We study how the shape and velocity of a constant volume fluid change as two control parameters are varied; the agar concentration ( C) and the density difference Δρ between the fluid and the agar. Under a fixed Δρ, as C decreases the medium becomes ductile, and the trajectory and shape of the fluid changes from a linearly migrating dyke to a meandering or a bifurcating dyke, and finally to a diapir-dyke hybrid. In this transition, the shape of the crack tip viewed from above, changes from blade-like to a cusped-ellipse. A similar transition is also observed when Δρ increases under a fixed C, which can be interpreted using a force balance between the buoyancy and the yield stress. Our experiments indicate that cracks around the brittle-ductile transition deviates from those in an elastic medium by several ways, such as the relaxation of the crack bulge, slower deceleration rate, and velocity becoming insensitive to medium rheology. Our experiments suggest that the fluid migrates as a diapir-dyke hybrid around the brittle-ductile transition and that fluid migration of various styles can coexist at the same depth, if they have different buoyancy.

  7. Effect of buoyancy and power design parameters on hybrid airship performance

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    Talbot, P. D.; Gelhausen, P. A.

    1983-01-01

    The effects of several design parameters on the performance of hybrid airships having rotors and propellers were examined with a simple mathematical model. The parameters included buoyancy ratio, Froude number, ratio of rotor power to total power, and rotor shaft tilt. Performance variations resulting from changes in these parameters were calculated, and are presented and discussed. Performance quantities included best climb rate, equivalent vehicle L/D, and maximum speed. Performance at all speeds between hover and maximum speed was found to be sensitive to power distribution between rotors and propellers, and to rotor shaft tilt.

  8. A Review of Some Recent Studies on Buoyancy Driven Flows in an Urban Environment

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    Bodhisatta Hajra

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews some recent studies (after 2000) pertaining to buoyancy driven flows in nature and thier use in reducing air pollution levels in a city (city ventilation). Natural convection flows occur due to the heating and cooling of various urban surfaces (e.g., mountain slopes), leading to upslope and downslope flows. Such flows can have a significant effect on city ventilation which has been the subject of study in the recent times due to increased pollution levels in a city. A major...

  9. Penetration of a turbulent jet with negative buoyancy into the upper plenum of a LMFBR

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    The penetration of a turbulent jet with negative buoyancy in a uniform environment is investigated. The jet generated from a finite source is treated by using the integral representation of the governing equations. The entrainment is assumed to be dependent on the local Froude number. Numerical solutions are compared with experimental results to suggest values for three empirical constants: the entrainment coefficients and the spreading ratio of density and velocity profiles. Good agreement is obtained over a large range of initial Froude number, which determines the maximum penetration distance. (Auth.)

  10. Estimation of Uncertainty of Air Buoyancy Correction for Establishment of Primary Mass Standards

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    KAÇMAZ, Sevda

    2000-01-01

    The most accurate value of air density is obtained by a calculation based on the equation using measured atmospheric parameters approved by the International Committee for Weights and Measures in 1981. When a 1-kg steel weight was calibrated against the prototype kilogram using the international expression for determining the density of air, experimental results showed that the estimated uncertainty of the air density was 1.45x10-4 mg.cm-3 and the uncertainty of air buoyancy was 11.3 mg.

  11. Alpha effect due to magnetic buoyancy instability of a horizontal magnetic layer

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    Chatterjee, Piyali

    In this paper we study the hydromagnetic instability of a toroidal magnetic layer such as that thought to be located in the solar tachocline. The magnetic layer is located in a convectively stable layer and is subject to what is known as the magnetic buoyancy instability (MBI) and under suitable conditions breaks up into twisted and arching magnetic flux tubes. The MBI gives rise to an anti-quenched α effect which can be measured by using the sophisticated quasi-kinematic test field method. This paper aims at summarizing the main results of a much longer paper by Chatterjee et al. 2011, A&A (in press).

  12. Large eddy simulation of pollutant gas dispersion with buoyancy ejected from building into an urban street canyon.

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    Hu, L H; Xu, Y; Zhu, W; Wu, L; Tang, F; Lu, K H

    2011-09-15

    The dispersion of buoyancy driven smoke soot and carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which was ejected out from side building into an urban street canyon with aspect ratio of 1 was investigated by large eddy simulation (LES) under a perpendicular wind flow. Strong buoyancy effect, which has not been revealed before, on such pollution dispersion in the street canyon was studied. The buoyancy release rate was 5 MW. The wind speed concerned ranged from 1 to 7.5m/s. The characteristics of flow pattern, distribution of smoke soot and temperature, CO concentration were revealed by the LES simulation. Dimensionless Froude number (Fr) was firstly introduced here to characterize the pollutant dispersion with buoyancy effect counteracting the wind. It was found that the flow pattern can be well categorized into three regimes. A regular characteristic large vortex was shown for the CO concentration contour when the wind velocity was higher than the critical re-entrainment value. A new formula was theoretically developed to show quantitatively that the critical re-entrainment wind velocities, u(c), for buoyancy source at different floors, were proportional to -1/3 power of the characteristic height. LES simulation results agreed well with theoretical analysis. The critical Froude number was found to be constant of 0.7. PMID:21216525

  13. Maximum Neutral Buoyancy Depth of Juvenile Chinook Salmon: Implications for Survival during Hydroturbine Passage

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    Pflugrath, Brett D.; Brown, Richard S.; Carlson, Thomas J.

    2012-03-01

    This study investigated the maximum depth at which juvenile Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha can acclimate by attaining neutral buoyancy. Depth of neutral buoyancy is dependent upon the volume of gas within the swim bladder, which greatly influences the occurrence of injuries to fish passing through hydroturbines. We used two methods to obtain maximum swim bladder volumes that were transformed into depth estimations - the increased excess mass test (IEMT) and the swim bladder rupture test (SBRT). In the IEMT, weights were surgically added to the fishes exterior, requiring the fish to increase swim bladder volume in order to remain neutrally buoyant. SBRT entailed removing and artificially increasing swim bladder volume through decompression. From these tests, we estimate the maximum acclimation depth for juvenile Chinook salmon is a median of 6.7m (range = 4.6-11.6 m). These findings have important implications to survival estimates, studies using tags, hydropower operations, and survival of juvenile salmon that pass through large Kaplan turbines typical of those found within the Columbia and Snake River hydropower system.

  14. Simulation of buoyancy-induced turbulent flow from a hot horizontal jet

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    El-AMIN M. F.; SUN Shuyu; SALAM Amgad

    2014-01-01

    Experimental visualizations and numerical simulations of a horizontal hot water jet entering cold water into a rectangular storage tank are described. Three different temperature differences and their corresponding Reynolds numbers are considered. Both experimental visualization and numerical computations are carried out for the same flow and thermal conditions. The realizable k-e model is used for modeling the turbulent flow while the buoyancy is modeled using the Boussinesq approximation. Polynomial approximations of the water properties are used to compare with the Boussinesq approximation. Numerical solutions are obtained for unsteady flow while pressure, velocity, temperature and turbulence distributions inside the water tank as well as the Froude number are analyzed. The experimental visualizations are performed at intervals of five seconds for all different cases. The simulated results are compared with the visualized results, and both of them show the stratification phenomena and buoyancy force effects due to temperature difference and density variation. After certain times, depending on the case condition, the flow tends to reach a steady state.

  15. A Review of Some Recent Studies on Buoyancy Driven Flows in an Urban Environment

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    Bodhisatta Hajra

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews some recent studies (after 2000 pertaining to buoyancy driven flows in nature and thier use in reducing air pollution levels in a city (city ventilation. Natural convection flows occur due to the heating and cooling of various urban surfaces (e.g., mountain slopes, leading to upslope and downslope flows. Such flows can have a significant effect on city ventilation which has been the subject of study in the recent times due to increased pollution levels in a city. A major portion of the research reviewed here consists of natural convection flows occurring along mountain slopes, with a few studies devoted to flows along building walls. The studies discussed here primarily include field measurements and computational fluid dynamics (CFD models. This review shows that for densely populated cities with high pollution levels, natural convection flows (mountain slope or building walls can significantly aid the dispersion of pollutants. Additional studies in this area using CFD and water channel measurements can explain the physical processes involved in such flows and help improve CFD modelling. Future research should focus on a complete understanding of the mechanisms of buoyancy flows in nature and developing design guidelines for better planning of cities.

  16. Measurement of total ultrasonic power using thermal expansion and change in buoyancy of an absorbing target

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    Dubey, P. K.; Kumar, Yudhisther; Gupta, Reeta; Jain, Anshul; Gohiya, Chandrashekhar

    2014-05-01

    The Radiation Force Balance (RFB) technique is well established and most widely used for the measurement of total ultrasonic power radiated by ultrasonic transducer. The technique is used as a primary standard for calibration of ultrasonic transducers with relatively fair uncertainty in the low power (below 1 W) regime. In this technique, uncertainty comparatively increases in the range of few watts wherein the effects such as thermal heating of the target, cavitations, and acoustic streaming dominate. In addition, error in the measurement of ultrasonic power is also caused due to movement of absorber at relatively high radiated force which occurs at high power level. In this article a new technique is proposed which does not measure the balance output during transducer energized state as done in RFB. It utilizes the change in buoyancy of the absorbing target due to local thermal heating. The linear thermal expansion of the target changes the apparent mass in water due to buoyancy change. This forms the basis for the measurement of ultrasonic power particularly in watts range. The proposed method comparatively reduces uncertainty caused by various ultrasonic effects that occur at high power such as overshoot due to momentum of target at higher radiated force. The functionality of the technique has been tested and compared with the existing internationally recommended RFB technique.

  17. Simulation of buoyancy-induced turbulent flow from a hot horizontal jet

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    El-Amin, Mohamed

    2014-02-01

    Experimental visualizations and numerical simulations of a horizontal hot water jet entering cold water into a rectangular storage tank are described. Three different temperature differences and their corresponding Reynolds numbers are considered. Both experimental visualization and numerical computations are carried out for the same flow and thermal conditions. The realizable k - ε model is used for modeling the turbulent flow while the buoyancy is modeled using the Boussinesq approximation. Polynomial approximations of the water properties are used to compare with the Boussinesq approximation. Numerical solutions are obtained for unsteady flow while pressure, velocity, temperature and turbulence distributions inside the water tank as well as the Froude number are analyzed. The experimental visualizations are performed at intervals of five seconds for all different cases. The simulated results are compared with the visualized results, and both of them show the stratification phenomena and buoyancy force effects due to temperature difference and density variation. After certain times, depending on the case condition, the flow tends to reach a steady state. © 2014 Publishing House for Journal of Hydrodynamics.

  18. The Effects of Buoyancy on Characteristics of Turbulent Nonpremixed Jet Flames

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    Idicheria, Cherian; Boxx, Isaac; Clemens, Noel

    2002-11-01

    This work addresses the influence of buoyant forces on the underlying structure of turbulent nonpremixed jet flames. Buoyancy effects are investigated by studying transitional and turbulent propane and ethylene flames (Re_D=2500-10500) at normal, low and microgravity conditions. The reduced gravity experiments are conducted by dropping a combustion rig in the University of Texas 1.25-second drop tower and the NASA Glenn 2.2-second drop tower. The diagnostic employed is high-speed luminosity imaging using a CCD camera. The images obtained are used to compare flame length, mean, RMS and flame tip oscillation characteristics The results showed that, in contrast to previous studies, the high Reynolds number flames at all gravity levels were essentially identical. Furthermore, the parameter ξL (Becker and Yamazaki, 1978) is sufficient for quantifying the effects of buoyancy on the flame characteristics. The large-scale structure and flame tip dynamics are essentially identical to those of purely momentum driven flames provided ξL is less than approximately 3.

  19. Measurement of total ultrasonic power using thermal expansion and change in buoyancy of an absorbing target.

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    Dubey, P K; Kumar, Yudhisther; Gupta, Reeta; Jain, Anshul; Gohiya, Chandrashekhar

    2014-05-01

    The Radiation Force Balance (RFB) technique is well established and most widely used for the measurement of total ultrasonic power radiated by ultrasonic transducer. The technique is used as a primary standard for calibration of ultrasonic transducers with relatively fair uncertainty in the low power (below 1 W) regime. In this technique, uncertainty comparatively increases in the range of few watts wherein the effects such as thermal heating of the target, cavitations, and acoustic streaming dominate. In addition, error in the measurement of ultrasonic power is also caused due to movement of absorber at relatively high radiated force which occurs at high power level. In this article a new technique is proposed which does not measure the balance output during transducer energized state as done in RFB. It utilizes the change in buoyancy of the absorbing target due to local thermal heating. The linear thermal expansion of the target changes the apparent mass in water due to buoyancy change. This forms the basis for the measurement of ultrasonic power particularly in watts range. The proposed method comparatively reduces uncertainty caused by various ultrasonic effects that occur at high power such as overshoot due to momentum of target at higher radiated force. The functionality of the technique has been tested and compared with the existing internationally recommended RFB technique. PMID:24880401

  20. Evaluation of buoyancy-driven ventilation in respect of exergy utilization

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    Wang, Li [College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); College of Civil Engineering, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou (China); Li, Nianping [College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China)

    2010-02-15

    Our work aimed to analyze and evaluate the buoyancy-driven ventilation based on the exergy analysis. We took the exergy load as a desired output for this consumer system and used the functional exergy efficiency to evaluate the ventilation performance. Through the numerical case studies for a high-rise building with a tall atrium, we found that the results from the energy and exergy analysis are quite different from each other, but the latter reveals the real essence of energy utilization in ventilation systems. The results showed that the exergy efficiency of the buoyancy-driven ventilation system is very poor, only 16.9% of the exergy input is effectively utilized and the exergy destruction counts for 83.1% of the total input. However, the exergy efficiency of the mechanical ventilation system is 100% because the input shaft work is entirely utilized to undertake the exergy load; no extra exergy losses are produced. We also analyzed the relationships between the temperature difference and the exergy efficiency. Furthermore, we found that the total radiation-to-exergy efficiency is 3.5 and 15% for ventilation systems equipped with solar collectors and solar cells respectively, it is concluded preliminarily that the latter is more efficient to utilize solar energy to create ventilation. (author)

  1. Experimental parameterisation of principal physics in buoyancy variations of marine teleost eggs.

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    Jung, Kyung-Mi; Folkvord, Arild; Kjesbu, Olav Sigurd; Sundby, Svein

    2014-01-01

    It is generally accepted that the high buoyancy of pelagic marine eggs is due to substantial influx of water across the cell membrane just before ovulation. Here we further develop the theoretical basis by applying laboratory observations of the various components of the fertilized egg in first-principle equations for egg specific gravity (ρ(egg)) followed by statistical validation. We selected Atlantic cod as a model animal due to the affluent amount of literature on this species, but also undertook additional dedicated experimental works. We found that specific gravity of yolk plus embryo is central in influencing ρ(egg) and thereby the buoyancy. However, our established framework documents the effect on ρ(egg) of the initial deposition of the heavy chorion material in the gonad prior to spawning. Thereafter, we describe the temporal changes in ρ(egg) during incubation: Generally, the eggs showed a slight rise in ρ(egg) from fertilization to mid-gastrulation followed by a gradual decrease until full development of main embryonic organs just before hatching. Ontogenetic changes in ρ(egg) were significantly associated with volume and mass changes of yolk plus embryo. The initial ρ(egg) at fertilization appeared significantly influenced by the chorion volume fraction which is determined by the combination of the final chorion volume of the oocyte and of the degree of swelling (hydrolyzation) prior to spawning. The outlined principles and algorithms are universal in nature and should therefore be applicable to fish eggs in general. PMID:25122447

  2. PLANET-DISK INTERACTION IN THREE DIMENSIONS: THE IMPORTANCE OF BUOYANCY WAVES

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    Zhu Zhaohuan; Stone, James M.; Rafikov, Roman R., E-mail: zhzhu@astro.princeton.edu, E-mail: jstone@astro.princeton.edu, E-mail: rrr@astro.princeton.edu [Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States)

    2012-10-20

    We carry out local three-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic simulations of planet-disk interaction in stratified disks with varied thermodynamic properties. We find that whenever the Brunt-Vaeisaelae frequency (N) in the disk is non-zero, the planet exerts a strong torque on the disk in the vicinity of the planet, with a reduction in the traditional 'torque cutoff'. In particular, this is true for adiabatic perturbations in disks with isothermal density structure, as should be typical for centrally irradiated protoplanetary disks. We identify this torque with buoyancy waves, which are excited (when N is non-zero) close to the planet, within one disk scale height from its orbit. These waves give rise to density perturbations with a characteristic 3D spatial pattern which is in close agreement with the linear dispersion relation. The torque due to these waves can amount to as much as several tens of percent of the total planetary torque, which is not expected based on analytical calculations limited to axisymmetric or low-m modes. Buoyancy waves should be ubiquitous around planets in the inner, dense regions of protoplanetary disks, where they might possibly affect planet migration.

  3. Multicomponent theory of buoyancy instabilities in magnetized plasmas: the case of magnetic field parallel to gravity

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    Nekrasov, A. K.; Shadmehri, Mohsen

    2011-06-01

    We investigate electromagnetic buoyancy instabilities of the electron-ion plasma with the heat flux based on not the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations, but using the multicomponent plasma approach when the momentum equations are solved for each species. We consider a geometry in which the background magnetic field, gravity, and stratification are directed along one axis. The nonzero background electron thermal flux is taken into account. Collisions between electrons and ions are included in the momentum equations. No simplifications usual for the one-fluid MHD-approach in studying these instabilities are used. We derive a simple dispersion relation, which shows that the thermal flux perturbation generally stabilizes an instability for the geometry under consideration. This result contradicts to conclusion obtained in the MHD-approach. We show that the reason of this contradiction is the simplified assumptions used in the MHD analysis of buoyancy instabilities and the role of the longitudinal electric field perturbation which is not captured by the ideal MHD equations. Our dispersion relation also shows that the medium with the electron thermal flux can be unstable, if the temperature gradients of ions and electrons have the opposite signs. The results obtained can be applied to the weakly collisional magnetized plasma objects in laboratory and astrophysics.

  4. Planet-Disk Interaction in Three Dimensions: The Importance of Buoyancy Waves

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    Zhu, Zhaohuan; Stone, James M.; Rafikov, Roman R.

    2012-10-01

    We carry out local three-dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic simulations of planet-disk interaction in stratified disks with varied thermodynamic properties. We find that whenever the Brunt-Väisälä frequency (N) in the disk is non-zero, the planet exerts a strong torque on the disk in the vicinity of the planet, with a reduction in the traditional "torque cutoff." In particular, this is true for adiabatic perturbations in disks with isothermal density structure, as should be typical for centrally irradiated protoplanetary disks. We identify this torque with buoyancy waves, which are excited (when N is non-zero) close to the planet, within one disk scale height from its orbit. These waves give rise to density perturbations with a characteristic 3D spatial pattern which is in close agreement with the linear dispersion relation. The torque due to these waves can amount to as much as several tens of percent of the total planetary torque, which is not expected based on analytical calculations limited to axisymmetric or low-m modes. Buoyancy waves should be ubiquitous around planets in the inner, dense regions of protoplanetary disks, where they might possibly affect planet migration.

  5. Predictions of Buoyancy-induced Flow in Asymmetrical Heated Rotating Cavity System

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    Abdul Fatah Abbassi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the finite difference solutions for buoyancy-induced flow in the asymmetrical heated rotating cavity system for the range of rotational Reynolds numbers Reθ =6.13x10^5 buoyancy-induced flow have been observed on the predicted stream lines, static temperature contours and the local Nusselt numbers for the rotating cavity space. A comparison of the predicted local Nusselt numbers for the hot and cold discs showed a good level of agreement with the measurements.

  6. Planet-Disk interaction in 3D: the importance of buoyancy waves

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    Zhu, Zhaohuan; Rafikov, Roman R

    2012-01-01

    We carry out local three dimensional (3D) hydrodynamic simulations of planet-disk interaction in stratified disks with varied thermodynamic properties. We find that whenever the Brunt-Vaisala frequency (N) in the disk is nonzero, the planet exerts a strong torque on the disk in the vicinity of the planet, with a reduction in the traditional "torque cutoff". In particular, this is true for adiabatic perturbations in disks with isothermal density structure, as should be typical for centrally irradiated protoplanetary disks. We identify this torque with buoyancy waves, which are excited (when N is non-zero) close to the planet, within one disk scale height from its orbit. These waves give rise to density perturbations with a characteristic 3D spatial pattern which is in close agreement with the linear dispersion relation for buoyancy waves. The torque due to these waves can amount to as much as several tens of per cent of the total planetary torque, which is not expected based on analytical calculations limited ...

  7. Measurement of total ultrasonic power using thermal expansion and change in buoyancy of an absorbing target

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    Dubey, P. K., E-mail: premkdubey@gmail.com; Kumar, Yudhisther; Gupta, Reeta; Jain, Anshul; Gohiya, Chandrashekhar [Acoustics, Ultrasonics, Vibration Standards and Electronics Instrumentation Cell, CSIR–National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2014-05-15

    The Radiation Force Balance (RFB) technique is well established and most widely used for the measurement of total ultrasonic power radiated by ultrasonic transducer. The technique is used as a primary standard for calibration of ultrasonic transducers with relatively fair uncertainty in the low power (below 1 W) regime. In this technique, uncertainty comparatively increases in the range of few watts wherein the effects such as thermal heating of the target, cavitations, and acoustic streaming dominate. In addition, error in the measurement of ultrasonic power is also caused due to movement of absorber at relatively high radiated force which occurs at high power level. In this article a new technique is proposed which does not measure the balance output during transducer energized state as done in RFB. It utilizes the change in buoyancy of the absorbing target due to local thermal heating. The linear thermal expansion of the target changes the apparent mass in water due to buoyancy change. This forms the basis for the measurement of ultrasonic power particularly in watts range. The proposed method comparatively reduces uncertainty caused by various ultrasonic effects that occur at high power such as overshoot due to momentum of target at higher radiated force. The functionality of the technique has been tested and compared with the existing internationally recommended RFB technique.

  8. Quantum buoyancy, generalized second law, and higher-dimensional entropy bounds

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    Hod, Shahar

    2011-01-01

    Bekenstein has presented evidence for the existence of a universal upper bound of magnitude $2\\pi R/\\hbar c$ to the entropy-to-energy ratio $S/E$ of an arbitrary {\\it three} dimensional system of proper radius $R$ and negligible self-gravity. In this paper we derive a generalized upper bound on the entropy-to-energy ratio of a $(D+1)$-dimensional system. We consider a box full of entropy lowered towards and then dropped into a $(D+1)$-dimensional black hole in equilibrium with thermal radiation. In the canonical case of three spatial dimensions, it was previously established that due to quantum buoyancy effects the box floats at some neutral point very close to the horizon. We find here that the significance of quantum buoyancy increases dramatically with the number $D$ of spatial dimensions. In particular, we find that the neutral (floating) point of the box lies near the horizon only if its length $b$ is large enough such that $b/b_C>F(D)$, where $b_C$ is the Compton length of the body and $F(D)\\sim D^{D/2}...

  9. Buoyancy reversal, decoupling and the transition from stratocumulus to shallow cumulus topped marine boundary layers

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    Xiao, Heng; Wu, Chien-Ming; Mechoso, Carlos Roberto [University of California, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Los Angeles (United States)

    2011-09-15

    The transition in a marine boundary layer (MBL) from stratocumulus topped to shallow cumulus topped is investigated by using a large eddy simulation (LES) model. The experiments performed aim to examine the influence on the transition of (1) the probability of buoyancy reversal at the MBL top (i.e. situations in which the mixture of two air parcels becomes denser than either of the original parcels due to phase change or other nonlinear processes involved in the mixing), and (2) the degree of decoupling in the MBL (i.e. the strength of a shallow stably stratified layer near cloud base). Our results suggest that a stratocumulus-topped MBL is most likely to transit to a cumulus-topped one when (1) there exists high probability of buoyancy reversal at the MBL top, and (2) the MBL is decoupled due to large surface evaporation. We argue that a parameterization that includes representation of those two effects combined has the potential to provide a simple way of predicting the MBL transition in climate models. (orig.)

  10. Design and Energy Performance of a Buoyancy Driven Exterior Shading Device for Building Application in Taiwan

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    Kuo-Tsang Huang

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Traditional dynamic shading systems are usually driven by electricity for continuously controlling the angle of blind slats to minimize the indoor solar heat gain over times. This paper proposed a novel design of buoyancy driven dynamic shading system, using only minimum amount of electricity. The energy performance and the improved thermal comfort induced by the system were simulated by EnergyPlus for a typical office space under the context of Taiwanese climate. The design processes are composed of three parts: an alterable angle of blind slats that raises the energy performance to be suitable for every orientation, the buoyancy driven transmission mechanism, and a humanized controller that ensures its convenience. The environmental friendly design aspects and control mechanisms to fulfill demands for manufacturing, assembling, maintenance and recycling, etc., were also presented as readily for building application. Besides, the effectiveness of cooling energy saving and thermal comfort enhancing were compared against the cases without exterior blinds and with traditional fixed blinds installed. The results show that the cooling energy is drastically reduced over times and the blind system is effectively enhancing the indoor thermal comfort.

  11. Influence of rheology on buoyancy driven instabilities of miscible displacements in 2D micromodels

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    The stability of miscible displacements of Newtonian and shear-thinning fluids of slightly different densities (Δρ/ρ ∼ 3x 10-4) with a mean flow velocity U is investigated in a 2D transparent network of channels (average width = 0.33 mm). Concentration maps providing information at both the global and local scale are obtained through optical absorption measurements and compared in gravitationally stable and unstable vertical flow configurations; the influence of buoyant flows of typical velocity Ug is characterized by the gravity number Ng = Ug/|U|. For Ng d = D/U. For the Newtonian water-glycerol solution, ld is only the same in the stable and unstable configurations for |Ng| g d is increased by buoyancy in the unstable configuration and increasingly large front structures are observed on the concentration maps; for Ng > 0.2, front spreading is not diffusive any more. In the stable configuration, in contrast, the front is flattened by buoyancy for Ng d reaches values of the order of the length of individual channels. For the shear thinning water-polymer solution, both the concentration maps and the value of ld are the same in the stable and unstable configurations over the full range of U values investigated: this stabilization is explained by their high effective viscosity at low shear rates keeping Ng below the instability threshold even at the lowest velocities.

  12. Investigation of the buoyancy affected airflow patterns in the enclosure subjected at the different wall temperatures

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    Tripathi, Brajesh; Moulic, S.G. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2007-08-15

    In air-conditioning systems, conditioned warm/cold air is supplied to the room depending upon winter/summer. This air should be properly distributed into the room so that there are neither draft conditions nor stagnant zones. In this investigation air circulation and temperature distribution in a room have been studied for a particular location of air inlet and outlet on opposite walls. Two-dimensional, steady, laminar, incompressible flow has been considered. Navier-Stokes equation and energy equations in two-dimensional rectangular Cartesian co-ordinates have been numerically solved using control volume method. Boussinesq's approximation has been used for buoyancy force. The cold primary air enters the room near the ceiling. The flow attaches with the ceiling due to Coanda effect. It moves along the ceiling and comes down along the opposite wall to go out for small values of Gr. For larger values of Gr, it moves along the ceiling for some distance and then stoops downwards, attaches with the floor and then goes out. As Reynolds number increases, the point of attachment on floor moves away from the inlet. As the buoyancy increases the flow attaches with floor earlier. Two circulation zones are observed due to entrainment. The intensity of circulation increases with Reynolds number and Grashof number and temperature becomes more uniform. (author)

  13. Nonlinear waves in stratified Taylor--Couette flow. Part 2. Buoyancy flux

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    Leclercq, Colin; Caulfield, Colm-Cille P; Dalziel, Stuart B; Linden, Paul F

    2016-01-01

    This paper is the second part of a two-fold study of mixing, i.e. the formation of layers and upwelling of buoyancy, in axially stratified Taylor--Couette flow, with fixed outer cylinder. In a first paper, we showed that the dynamics of the flow was dominated by coherent structures made of a superposition of nonlinear waves. (Mixed)-ribbons and (mixed)-cross-spirals are generated by interactions between a pair of linearly unstable helical modes of opposite `handedness', and appear to be responsible for the formation of well-mixed layers and sharp density interfaces. In this paper, we show that these structures are also fully accountable for the upwards buoyancy flux in the simulations. The mechanism by which this occurs is a positive coupling between the density and vertical velocity components of the most energetic waves. This coupling is primarily caused by diffusion of density at low Schmidt number Sc, but can also be a nonlinear effect at larger Sc. Turbulence was found to contribute negatively to the buo...

  14. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION INTO HOT WATER SLOT JETS WITH NEGATIVELY BUOYANCY IN CROSS FLOW

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    YANG Zhong-hua; HUAI Wen-xin; DAI Hui-chao

    2005-01-01

    An experiment was conducted to examine the near-field behavior of negatively buoyant planar jets in flowing environment. Hot water jet was projected downwards at different angles from a slot into a uniform cross flow. Micro Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (Micro ADV) system is used to measure the velocity and turbulent fluxes of Reynolds stresses. The whole field temperatures were measured with fast response thermocouples. Pure jets experiments were made also to study the effect of buoyancy in negatively buoyant jets. It is found that the influenced area of hot jets is larger than which of pure jets when the jet angle is 90° and the influenced area of hot jets is smaller than which of pure jets when the jet angle is 45°. The difference is not obvious at 60° angle jets. This means that the rising of temperature has effect not only on negatively buoyancy, but also on the intensity of turbulence. The contrast of these two influences dominates the trend of jet flow.

  15. The use of spirometry to evaluate pulmonary function in olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) with positive buoyancy disorders.

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    Schmitt, Todd L; Munns, Suzanne; Adams, Lance; Hicks, James

    2013-09-01

    This study utilized computed spirometry to compare the pulmonary function of two stranded olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) presenting with a positive buoyancy disorder with two healthy captive olive ridley sea turtles held in a large public aquarium. Pulmonary function test (PFT) measurements demonstrated that the metabolic cost of breathing was much greater for animals admitted with positive buoyancy than for the normal sea turtles. Positively buoyant turtles had higher tidal volumes and significantly lower breathing-frequency patterns with significantly higher expiration rates, typical of gasp-type breathing. The resulting higher energetic cost of breathing in the diseased turtles may have a significant impact on their long-term survival. The findings represent a method for clinical respiratory function analysis for an individual animal to assist with diagnosis, therapy, and prognosis. This is the first study, to our knowledge, to evaluate objectively sea turtles presenting with positive buoyancy and respiratory disease using pulmonary function tests. PMID:24063092

  16. Heat transfer data, including impairment by buoyancy, for a CAGR fuel cluster in a Reynolds number range 103-106

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    Current fault studies for the CAGR require heat transfer data over a coolant flow range from low flow to normal reactor flow ie. Re1 = 103 to 106. At low flow, Re1 approx.= 104, buoyancy is known to affect heat transfer performance and can produce impairment in particular conditions determined by the relative magnitude of Reynolds number and Grashof number. Experimental work in which the buoyancy effect was quantified has been used together with data at higher rates of flow to produce a revised heat transfer performance curve. The experimental data have been compared with prediction using the computer program HOTSPOT. The results have been used to provide correlations of Stanton number and Reynolds number, in program input form, for a CAGR fuel element in a 7 1/2 in. channel. The correlations are for both buoyancy-free and impaired heat transfer performance. (author)

  17. Effect of buoyancy on fuel containment in an open-cycle gas-core nuclear rocket engine.

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    Putre, H. A.

    1971-01-01

    Analysis aimed at determining the scaling laws for the buoyancy effect on fuel containment in an open-cycle gas-core nuclear rocket engine, so conducted that experimental conditions can be related to engine conditions. The fuel volume fraction in a short coaxial flow cavity is calculated with a programmed numerical solution of the steady Navier-Stokes equations for isothermal, variable density fluid mixing. A dimensionless parameter B, called the Buoyancy number, was found to correlate the fuel volume fraction for large accelerations and various density ratios. This parameter has the value B = 0 for zero acceleration, and B = 350 for typical engine conditions.

  18. Modeling Diffusion and Buoyancy-Driven Convection with Application to Geological CO2 Storage

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    2015-04-01

    ABSTRACT Modeling Diffusion and Buoyancy-Driven Convection with Application to Geological CO2 Storage Rebecca Allen Geological CO2 storage is an engineering feat that has been undertaken around the world for more than two decades, thus accurate modeling of flow and transport behavior is of practical importance. Diffusive and convective transport are relevant processes for buoyancy-driven convection of CO2 into underlying fluid, a scenario that has received the attention of numerous modeling studies. While most studies focus on Darcy-scale modeling of this scenario, relatively little work exists at the pore-scale. In this work, properties evaluated at the pore-scale are used to investigate the transport behavior modeled at the Darcy-scale. We compute permeability and two different forms of tortuosity, namely hydraulic and diffusive. By generating various pore ge- ometries, we find hydraulic and diffusive tortuosity can be quantitatively different in the same pore geometry by up to a factor of ten. As such, we emphasize that these tortuosities should not be used interchangeably. We find pore geometries that are characterized by anisotropic permeability can also exhibit anisotropic diffusive tortuosity. This finding has important implications for buoyancy-driven convection modeling; when representing the geological formation with an anisotropic permeabil- ity, it is more realistic to also account for an anisotropic diffusivity. By implementing a non-dimensional model that includes both a vertically and horizontally orientated 5 Rayleigh number, we interpret our findings according to the combined effect of the anisotropy from permeability and diffusive tortuosity. In particular, we observe the Rayleigh ratio may either dampen or enhance the diffusing front, and our simulation data is used to express the time of convective onset as a function of the Rayleigh ratio. Also, we implement a lattice Boltzmann model for thermal convective flows, which we treat as an analog for

  19. Signatures of downgoing plate-buoyancy driven subduction in Cenozoic plate motions

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    Goes, S.; Capitanio, F. A.; Morra, G.; Seton, M.; Giardini, D.

    2011-01-01

    The dynamics of plate tectonics are strongly related to those of subduction. To obtain a better understanding of the driving forces of subduction, we compare relations between Cenozoic subduction motions at major trenches with the trends expected for the simplest form of subduction. i.e., free subduction, driven solely by the buoyancy of the downgoing plate. In models with an Earth-like plate stiffness (corresponding to a plate-mantle viscosity contrast of 2-3 orders of magnitude), free plates subduct by a combination of downgoing plate motion and trench retreat, while the slab is draped and folded on top of the upper-lower mantle viscosity transition. In these models, the slabs sink according to their Stokes' velocities. Observed downgoing-plate motion-plate-age trends are compatible with >80% of the Cenozoic slabs sinking according to their upper-mantle Stokes' velocity, i.e., subducting-plate motion is largely driven by upper-mantle slab pull. Only in a few cases, do young plates move at velocities that require a higher driving force (possibly supplied by lower-mantle-slab induced flow). About 80% of the Cenozoic trenches retreat, with retreat accounting for about 10% of the total convergence. The few advancing trench sections are likely affected by regional factors. The low trench motions are likely encouraged by low asthenospheric drag (equivalent to that for effective asthenospheric viscosity 2-3 orders below the upper-mantle average), and low lithospheric strength (effective bending viscosity ˜2 orders of magnitude above the upper-mantle average). Total Cenozoic trench motions are often very oblique to the direction of downgoing-plate motion (mean angle of 73°). This indicates that other forces than slab buoyancy exert the main control on upper-plate/trench motion. However, the component of trench retreat in the direction of downgoing plate motion (≈ slab pull) correlates with downgoing-plate motion, and this component of retreat generally does not

  20. Swim bladder function and buoyancy control in pink snapper (Pagrus auratus) and mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus).

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    Stewart, John; Hughes, Julian M

    2014-04-01

    Physoclist fish are able to regulate their buoyancy by secreting gas into their hydrostatic organ, the swim bladder, as they descend through the water column and by resorbing gas from their swim bladder as they ascend. Physoclists are restricted in their vertical movements due to increases in swim bladder gas volume that occur as a result of a reduction in hydrostatic pressure, causing fish to become positively buoyant and risking swim bladder rupture. Buoyancy control, rates of swim bladder gas exchange and restrictions to vertical movements are little understood in marine teleosts. We used custom-built hyperbaric chambers and laboratory experiments to examine these aspects of physiology for two important fishing target species in southern Australia, pink snapper (Pagrus auratus) and mulloway (Argyrosomus japonicus). The swim bladders of pink snapper and mulloway averaged 4.2 and 4.9 % of their total body volumes, respectively. The density of pink snapper was not significantly different to the density of seawater (1.026 g/ml), whereas mulloway were significantly denser than seawater. Pink snapper secreted gas into their swim bladders at a rate of 0.027 ± 0.005 ml/kg/min (mean ± SE), almost 4 times faster than mulloway (0.007 ± 0.001 ml/kg/min). Rates of swim bladder gas resorption were 11 and 6 times faster than the rates of gas secretion for pink snapper and mulloway, respectively. Pink snapper resorbed swim bladder gas at a rate of 0.309 ± 0.069 ml/kg/min, 7 times faster than mulloway (0.044 ± 0.009 ml/kg/min). Rates of gas exchange were not affected by water pressure or water temperature over the ranges examined in either species. Pink snapper were able to acclimate to changes in hydrostatic pressure reasonably quickly when compared to other marine teleosts, taking approximately 27 h to refill their swim bladders from empty. Mulloway were able to acclimate at a much slower rate, taking approximately 99 h to refill their swim bladders. We estimated that the

  1. Effects of buoyancy-driven flow and thermal boundary conditions on physical vapor transport

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    Nadarajah, Arunan; Rosenberger, Franz; Alexander, J. I. D.

    1992-01-01

    A 2D numerical model was developed in order to ascertain if reduced gravity conditions are beneficial to physical vapor transport (PVT) and to determine its tolerance limits to residual accelerations. This was solved using the PHOENICS finite-volume code. Reduction of gravitational accelerations to less than 0.1 g0 was found to be sufficient to suppress buoyancy-driven convection to an extent that diffusion was the dominant transport mode, whence a greater uniformity in the growth rate could be obtained. It is shown that a uniform temperature gradient on the ampoule walls causes the vapor to be supersaturated throughout the ampoule, potentially resulting in undesirable nucleation at the walls. A 'hump' in the wall temperature profile can be used to avoid this. The prevailing transport conditions determine the size of the hump needed.

  2. Effects of buoyancy on gas jet diffusion flames - Experiment and theory

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    Edelman, R. B.; Bahadori, M. Y.

    1985-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental research on the effects of buoyancy on gas-jet diffusion flames is described. Part of this research involves an assessment of existing data obtained under reduced-gravity conditions. The results show that uncertainties in the current understanding of flame structure exist and further research is required before reliable predictions of ignition, stabilization, and propagation of flames under microgravity conditions can be made. Steady-state and transient theories have been developed and used in the analysis of existing drop-tower data and new data obtained from a stationary experiment involving inverted flames. The result of this research has led to the definition of a microgravity experiment to be performed in space.

  3. Heart Rate Responses to Unaided Orion Side Hatch Egress in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

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    English, Kirk L.; Hwang, Emma Y.; Ryder, Jeffrey W.; Kelly, Cody; Walker, Thomas; Ploutz-Snyder, Lori

    2016-01-01

    The Orion capsule will be the next NASA-built vehicle used for near and deep space exploration. The nominal landing scenario for Orion involves splashdown in the Pacific Ocean and subsequent aided crew egress conducted by military personnel. Contingency operations, however, require the crew to egress the capsule unaided, deploy an inflatable life raft, and to ingress the raft. Unaided egress is expected to be physiologically demanding, but no data exist to corroborate this. Thus, we evaluated the heart rate response to unaided Orion side hatch egress and raft ingress as par of the NASA crew Survival Engineering Team's evaluation of egress procedures using the Post-landing Orion Recovery Trainer (PORT) article in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

  4. Large-scale simulations of buoyancy-driven turbulent nuclear burning

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    An critical uncertainty in modeling thermonuclear supernovae is the degree of enhancement of the burning rate by turbulence during the subsonic burning (deflagration) phase. As turbulent combustion in the laboratory is still an active area of research, this remains a challenging problem. A unique feature of turbulent combustion in supernovae is that the driving of the turbulence arises from the strong buoyancy of the burned material. We discuss the large-scale fully three dimensional studies under way. These studies have the goals of characterizing the essential length scales of flame surface structure and thereby developing specific requirements that models of small-scale structure must meet. We discuss some preliminary results of our study concerning the scale-dependence of flame surface structure

  5. Buoyancy-driven instabilities around miscible A+B→C reaction fronts: a general classification.

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    Trevelyan, P M J; Almarcha, C; De Wit, A

    2015-02-01

    Upon contact between miscible solutions of reactants A and B along a horizontal interface in the gravity field, various buoyancy-driven instabilities can develop when an A+B→C reaction takes place and the density varies with the concentrations of the various chemicals. To classify the possible convective instability scenarios, we analyze the spatial dependence of the large time asymptotic density profiles as a function of the key parameters of the problem, which are the ratios of diffusion coefficients and of solutal expansion coefficients of species A, B, and C. We find that 62 different density profiles can develop in the reactive problem, whereas only 6 of them can be obtained in the nonreactive one. PMID:25768591

  6. Positive segregation as a function of buoyancy force during steel ingot solidification

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    Radovic, Zarko; Jaukovic, Nada; Lalovic, Milisav; Tadic, Nebojsa [Faculty of Metallurgy and Technology, University of Montenegro, Podgorica (Montenegro)], E-mail: zarkor@cg.ac.yu

    2008-12-15

    We analyze theoretically and experimentally solute redistribution in the dendritic solidification process and positive segregation during solidification of steel ingots. Positive segregation is mainly caused by liquid flow in the mushy zone. Changes in the liquid steel velocity are caused by the temperature gradient and by the increase in the solid fraction during solidification. The effects of buoyancy and of the change in the solid fraction on segregation intensity are analyzed. The relationships between the density change, liquid fraction and the steel composition are considered. Such elements as W, Ni, Mo and Cr decrease the effect of the density variations, i.e. they show smaller tendency to segregate. Based on the modeling and experimental results, coefficients are provided controlling the effects of chemical composition, secondary dendrite arm spacing and the solid fraction.

  7. A modified emulsion gelation technique to improve buoyancy of hydrogel tablets for floating drug delivery systems.

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    Yom-Tov, Ortal; Seliktar, Dror; Bianco-Peled, Havazelet

    2015-10-01

    The use of buoyant or floating hydrogel tablets is of particular interest in the sustained release of drugs to the stomach. They have an ability to slow the release rates of drugs by prolonging their absorption window in the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In this study we synthesized bioactive hydrogels that have sustainable release rates for drugs in the stomach based on a hydrogel preparation technique that employs emulsifying surfactants. The emulsion gelation technique, which encapsulates oil droplets within the hydrogels during crosslinking, was used to decrease their specific gravity in aqueous environments, resulting in floating drug release depots. Properties such as swelling, buoyancy, density and drug release were manipulated by changing the polymer concentrations, surfactant percentages and the oil:polymer ratios. The relationship between these properties and the hydrogel's floating lag time was documented. The potential for this material to be used as a floating drug delivery system was demonstrated. PMID:26117764

  8. Entropy versus APE production: On the buoyancy power input in the oceans energy cycle

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    Tailleux, R.

    2010-11-01

    This letter argues that the current controversy about whether Wbuoyancy, the power input due to the surface buoyancy fluxes, is large or small in the oceans stems from two distinct and incompatible views on how Wbuoyancy relates to the volume-integrated work of expansion/contraction B. The current prevailing view is that Wbuoyancy should be identified with the net value of B, which current theories estimate to be small. The alternative view, defended here, is that only the positive part of B, i.e., the one converting internal energy into mechanical energy, should enter the definition of Wbuoyancy, since the negative part of B is associated with the non-viscous dissipation of mechanical energy. Two indirect methods suggest that by contrast, the positive part of B is potentially large.

  9. Buoyancy flux, turbulence, and the gas transfer coefficient in a stratified lake

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    MacIntyre, Sally; Jonsson, Anders; Jansson, Mats; Aberg, Jan; Turney, Damon E.; Miller, Scott D.

    2010-12-01

    Gas fluxes from lakes and other stratified water bodies, computed using conservative values of the gas transfer coefficient k600, have been shown to be a significant component of the carbon cycle. We present a mechanistic analysis of the dominant physical processes modifying k600 in a stratified lake and resulting new models of k600 whose use will enable improved computation of carbon fluxes. Using eddy covariance results, we demonstrate that i) higher values of k600 occur during low to moderate winds with surface cooling than with surface heating; ii) under overnight low wind conditions k600 depends on buoyancy flux β rather than wind speed; iii) the meteorological conditions at the time of measurement and the inertia within the lake determine k600; and iv) eddy covariance estimates of k600 compare well with predictions of k600 using a surface renewal model based on wind speed and β.

  10. Large-scale simulations of buoyancy-driven turbulent nuclear burning.

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    Townsley, D. M.; Bair, R. A.; Dubey, A.; Fisher, R. T.; Hearn, N. C.; Lamb, D. Q.; Riley, K. M. (LCF); (Univ. of Chicago)

    2009-01-01

    An critical uncertainty in modeling thermonuclear supernovae is the degree of enhancement of the burning rate by turbulence during the subsonic burning (deflagration) phase. As turbulent combustion in the laboratory is still an active area of research, this remains a challenging problem. A unique feature of turbulent combustion in supernovae is that the driving of the turbulence arises from the strong buoyancy of the burned material. We discuss the large-scale fully three dimensional studies under way. These studies have the goals of characterizing the essential length scales of flame surface structure and thereby developing specific requirements that models of small-scale structure must meet. We discuss some preliminary results of our study concerning the scale-dependence of flame surface structure.

  11. Buoyancy-driven ventilation of hydrogen from buildings: Laboratory test and model validation

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    Barley, C.D.; Gawlik, K. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)

    2009-07-15

    Hydrogen gas leaking from a hydrogen-powered vehicle in a residential garage may form a flammable mixture with air. Passive, buoyancy-driven ventilation is one approach to limiting the concentration to a safe level. We explored the relationship between leak rate, ventilation design, and hydrogen concentration through laboratory testing, an algebraic analysis, and CFD modeling. We used helium to test slow, steady, low-velocity leaks in a full-scale test room under nearly isothermal, steady conditions, and we report the results in sufficient detail that other modelers can use them. The results show the importance and variability of stratification. Our algebraic and CFD models agree very well with the experimental results. We describe our CFD approach in sufficient detail for use by others. We tested under nearly isothermal conditions, but also discuss indoor-outdoor temperature difference as an important risk factor. Information about realistic leakage scenarios is needed to apply these results as safety recommendations. (author)

  12. A Study on the Buoyancy and Radiation Effects of the Experimental Helium Loop for VHTR Simulation

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    Yoon, Churl; Hong, Sung Deok; Noh, Jae Man; Kim, Yong Wan; Chang, Jong Hwa [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    A medium-scale Helium loop for simulating the VHTR(Very High Temperature Reactor) is now under construction in Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. Two electric heaters of the test Helium loop heat the Helium fluid up to 950 . deg. C at the pressure of 1 {approx} 9MPa. To optimize design specification of the experimental Helium loop, conjugate heat transfer in the high temperature Helium heater was analyzed by CFD simulation. Main factors tested in this CFD analyses are the effects of turbulence, buoyancy forces, and geometrical configuration of the heater, etc. From the previous studies, the optimum design configuration was selected. In this study, the gravity and emissivity effects on the thermal-fluid characteristics will be investigated by sensitivity studies

  13. Dispersion enhancement and damping by buoyancy driven flows in 2D networks of capillaries

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    D'Angelo, Maria Veronica; Allain, Catherine; Rosen, Marta; Hulin, Jean-Pierre

    2008-01-01

    The influence of a small relative density difference on the displacement of two miscible liquids is studied experimentally in transparent 2D networks of micro channels. Both stable displacements in which the denser fluid enters at the bottom of the cell and displaces the lighter one and unstable displacements in which the lighter fluid is injected at the bottom and displaces the denser one are realized. Except at the lowest mean flow velocity U, the average $C(x,t)$ of the relative concentration satisfies a convection-dispersion equation. The dispersion coefficient is studied as function of the relative magnitude of fluid velocity and of the velocity of buoyancy driven fluid motion. A model is suggested and its applicability to previous results obtained in 3D media is discussed.

  14. Can conduction induce convection? The non-linear saturation of buoyancy instabilities in dilute plasmas

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    McCourt, Michael; Sharma, Prateek; Quataert, Eliot

    2010-01-01

    We study the effects of anisotropic thermal conduction on low-collisionality, astrophysical plasmas using two and three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulations. For weak magnetic fields, dilute plasmas are buoyantly unstable for either sign of the temperature gradient: the heat-flux-driven buoyancy instability (HBI) operates when the temperature increases with radius while the magnetothermal instability (MTI) operates in the opposite limit. In contrast to previous results, we show that, in the presence of a sustained temperature gradient, the MTI drives strong turbulence and operates as an efficient magnetic dynamo (akin to standard, adiabatic convection). Together, the turbulent and magnetic energies contribute up to ~10% of the pressure support in the plasma. In addition, the MTI drives a large convective heat flux, ~1.5% of rho c_s^3. These findings are robust even in the presence of an external source of strong turbulence. Our results on the nonlinear saturation of the HBI are consistent with previous...

  15. Experimental Simulation of Buoyancy-Driven Vortical Flow in Jupiter Great Red Spot

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    Makhmalbaf, Hady; Liu, Tianshu; Merati, Parviz

    2015-11-01

    This new experimental study on Geophysical Buoyancy-Driven Vortical Flow presents a new approach to model the Great Red Spot (GRS) that explains some feature of this phenomena that other classic approaches such as shallow layer model and deep layer model do not. The low velocity region at the center and the counter rotating system at the core that recently were observed by high resolution image processing methods, have never been justified before. This setup generates flow structures similar to the GRS's in the test zone and compares the results and suggests that a counter rotating flow structure at the lower altitude is the source of the GRS formation. PhD candidate/research assistant Dept of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Western Michigan University Kalamazoo MI 49008-5343 Room G-106 Fluids Lab T:(269)348-6229 F:(269)276-3421.

  16. Effective buoyancy ratio: a new parameter to characterize thermo-chemical mixing in the Earth's mantle

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    A. Galsa

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Numerical modeling has been carried out in a 2-D cylindrical shell domain to quantify the evolution of a primordial dense layer around the core mantle boundary. Effective buoyancy ratio, Beff was introduced to characterize the evolution of the two-layer thermo-chemical convection in the Earth's mantle. Beff decreases with time due to (1 warming the compositionally dense layer, (2 cooling the overlying mantle, (3 eroding the dense layer by thermal convection in the overlying mantle, and (4 diluting the dense layer by inner convection. When Beff reaches the instability point, Beff = 1, effective thermo-chemical convection starts, and the mantle will be mixed (Beff = 0 during a short time. A parabolic relation was revealed between the initial density difference of the layers and the mixing time. Morphology of large low shear velocity provinces as well as results from seismic tomography and normal mode data suggest a value of Beff ≥ 1 for the mantle.

  17. Buoyancy effects on thermal behavior of a flat-plate solar collector

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    Fan, Jianhua; Furbo, Simon

    2008-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental investigations of the flow and temperature distribution in a 12.53 m(2) solar collector panel with an absorber consisting of two vertical manifolds interconnected by 16 parallel horizontal fins have been carried out. The investigations are focused on overheating and...... the influence of the buoyancy effects are considered in the investigations. Further experimental investigations of the solar collector panel are carried out. The flow distribution through the absorber is evaluated by means of temperature measurements on the back of the absorber tubes. The measured...... temperatures are compared to the temperatures determined by the CFD model and there is a good agreement between the measured and calculated temperatures. Calculations with the CFD model elucidate the flow and temperature distribution in the collector The influences of collector fluid flow rate and inlet...

  18. Investigation of the effectiveness of Jackson's Nusselt correlation with buoyancy and acceleration terms in critical water

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    Jackson 2009 recently proposed a modification to a semi-empirical correlation for Nusselt number calculations specifically adapted for variable property heat transfer. To determine the effectiveness of this new approach in predicting supercritical heat transfer, experimentally measured heat transfer data was compared to that predicted by the correlation. The data used were from previous supercritical water experiments at the University of Wisconsin- Madison's supercritical water loop. The computer code EES which contains the NIST properties of supercritical water was used to calculate the predicted Nusselt number for all of the experimental conditions. Jackson's equation contains two coefficients relating to the acceleration and buoyancy parameters which have recommended values of 10000 and 2000 respectively, but which may be adjusted to better reproduce observed behavior. Calculations of Jackson's correlation were conducted where one coefficient was varied and the other held constant to best observe its effect and determine the best fitting coefficient for 957 data points where Gr/Re2.7 is greater than 1e-5, the conditions where heat transfer deterioration due to mixed convection are expected. The resulting calculated Nusselt values were compared to the experimental values to optimize the equation for the given data. It was found that the value of C1 (the coefficient related to thermally induced bulk flow acceleration) had little effect as expected because of the relatively large diameter (4.3 cm) used in the experiments. C1 was then chosen to keep the recommended value of 10000. C2, the coefficient for buoyancy had a much greater effect and was varied with the constraint that (C1Acb ± C2Bob) FVP,1 stay below 0.382. With these conditions, C2 was optimized to approximately 475 for a maximum R2 value of a linear regression of the experimental vs. calculated Nusselt number. (author)

  19. Numerical Study of Buoyancy and Different Diffusion Effects on the Structure and Dynamics of Triple Flames

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    Chen, Jyh-Yuan; Echekki, Tarek

    2001-01-01

    Numerical simulations of 2-D triple flames under gravity force have been implemented to identify the effects of gravity on triple flame structure and propagation properties and to understand the mechanisms of instabilities resulting from both heat release and buoyancy effects. A wide range of gravity conditions, heat release, and mixing widths for a scalar mixing layer are computed for downward-propagating (in the same direction with the gravity vector) and upward-propagating (in the opposite direction of the gravity vector) triple flames. Results of numerical simulations show that gravity strongly affects the triple flame speed through its contribution to the overall flow field. A simple analytical model for the triple flame speed, which accounts for both buoyancy and heat release, is developed. Comparisons of the proposed model with the numerical results for a wide range of gravity, heat release and mixing width conditions, yield very good agreement. The analysis shows that under neutral diffusion, downward propagation reduces the triple flame speed, while upward propagation enhances it. For the former condition, a critical Froude number may be evaluated, which corresponds to a vanishing triple flame speed. Downward-propagating triple flames at relatively strong gravity effects have exhibited instabilities. These instabilities are generated without any artificial forcing of the flow. Instead disturbances are initiated by minute round-off errors in the numerical simulations, and subsequently amplified by instabilities. A linear stability analysis on mean profiles of stable triple flame configurations have been performed to identify the most amplified frequency in spatially developed flows. The eigenfunction equations obtained from the linearized disturbance equations are solved using the shooting method. The linear stability analysis yields reasonably good agreements with the observed frequencies of the unstable triple flames. The frequencies and amplitudes of

  20. Influence of rheology on buoyancy driven instabilities of miscible displacements in 2D micromodels

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    D' Angelo, M V; Rosen, M [University Buenos Aires, CONICET. Grupo de Medios Porosos, Facultad de IngenierIa, Paseo Colon 850, 1063 Buenos-Aires (Argentina); Auradou, H; Hulin, J P, E-mail: vdangelo@fi.uba.a, E-mail: auradou@fast.u-psud.f [University Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, University Paris-Sud, CNRS. Lab. FAST, Bat 502, Campus Universitaire, F-91405 Orsay (France)

    2009-05-01

    The stability of miscible displacements of Newtonian and shear-thinning fluids of slightly different densities (DELTArho/rho approx 3x 10{sup -4}) with a mean flow velocity U is investigated in a 2D transparent network of channels (average width = 0.33 mm). Concentration maps providing information at both the global and local scale are obtained through optical absorption measurements and compared in gravitationally stable and unstable vertical flow configurations; the influence of buoyant flows of typical velocity U{sub g} is characterized by the gravity number N{sub g} = U{sub g}/|U|. For N{sub g} < 0.2, the spreading of the mean relative concentration profile is diffusive for both types of rheologies and characterized by a single dispersivity value l{sub d} = D/U. For the Newtonian water-glycerol solution, l{sub d} is only the same in the stable and unstable configurations for |N{sub g}| < 0.01. For 0.01 < N{sub g} < 0.2, l{sub d} is increased by buoyancy in the unstable configuration and increasingly large front structures are observed on the concentration maps; for N{sub g} > 0.2, front spreading is not diffusive any more. In the stable configuration, in contrast, the front is flattened by buoyancy for N{sub g} < -0.01 and l{sub d} reaches values of the order of the length of individual channels. For the shear thinning water-polymer solution, both the concentration maps and the value of l{sub d} are the same in the stable and unstable configurations over the full range of U values investigated: this stabilization is explained by their high effective viscosity at low shear rates keeping N{sub g} below the instability threshold even at the lowest velocities.

  1. Buoyancy-induced on-the-spot mixing in droplets evaporating on nonwetting surfaces.

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    Dash, Susmita; Chandramohan, Aditya; Weibel, Justin A; Garimella, Suresh V

    2014-12-01

    We investigate hitherto-unexplored flow characteristics inside a sessile droplet evaporating on heated hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces and propose the use of evaporation-induced flow as a means to promote efficient "on-the-spot" mixing in microliter-sized droplets. Evaporative cooling at the droplet interface establishes a temperature gradient that induces buoyancy-driven convection inside the droplet. An asymmetric single-roll flow pattern is observed on the superhydrophobic substrate, in stark contrast with the axisymmetric toroidal flow pattern that develops on the hydrophobic substrate. The difference in flow patterns is attributed to the larger height-to-diameter aspect ratio of the droplet (of the same volume) on the superhydrophobic substrate, which dictates a single asymmetric vortex as the stable buoyancy-induced convection mode. A scaling analysis relates the observed velocities inside the droplet to the Rayleigh number. On account of the difference in flow patterns, Rayleigh numbers, and the reduced solid-liquid contact area, the flow velocity is an order of magnitude higher in droplets evaporating on a superhydrophobic substrate as compared to hydrophobic substrates. Flow velocities in all cases are shown to increase with substrate temperature and droplet size: The characteristic time required for mixing of a dye in an evaporating sessile droplet is reduced by ∼8 times on a superhydrophobic surface when the substrate temperature is increased from 40 to 60 °C. The mixing rate is ∼15 times faster on the superhydrophobic substrate compared to the hydrophobic surface maintained at the same temperature of 60 °C. PMID:25615112

  2. Coping and Buoyancy in the Workplace: Understanding Their Effects on Teachers' Work-Related Well-Being and Engagement

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    Parker, Philip D.; Martin, Andrew J.

    2009-01-01

    Given the high levels of attrition in the teaching profession there is a need for research to better understand factors that lead to greater teacher well-being and engagement. The present study explores the roles of coping and buoyancy in predicting teacher well-being and engagement. In particular, a process model is hypothesized in which the use…

  3. The Nonlinear Evolution of Instabilities Driven by Magnetic Buoyancy: A New Mechanism for the Formation of Coherent Magnetic Structures

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    Kersale, Evy; Tobias, Steven M

    2007-01-01

    Motivated by the problem of the formation of active regions from a deep-seated solar magnetic field, we consider the nonlinear three-dimensional evolution of magnetic buoyancy instabilities resulting from a smoothly stratified horizontal magnetic field. By exploring the case for which the instability is continuously driven we have identified a new mechanism for the formation of concentrations of magnetic flux.

  4. Buoyancy-generating agents for stomach-specific drug delivery: an overview with special emphasis on floating behavior.

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    Ishak, Rania A H

    2015-01-01

    Gastric retentive drug delivery provides a promising technology exhibiting an extended gastric residence and a drug release independent of patient related variables. It is usually useful in improving local gastric treatment as well as overcoming drug-related problems .i.e. drugs having narrow absorption window, short half-life or low intestinal solubility. Buoyancy is considered one of the most promising approaches for gastro-retention of dosage forms. Floating drug delivery systems have a bulk density lower than gastric fluids and thus remain buoyant in the stomach causing an increase in gastric residence time. The buoyancy of these systems is attained by the aid of substances responsible to generate the low density. Various agents with different mechanisms were adopted either gas-generating agents, air entrapping swellable polymers, inherent low density substances, porous excipients, hollow/porous particles inducing preparation techniques or sublimating agents. Therefore, this review gives an exclusive descriptive classification of the different categories of these buoyancy-generating agents while representing the related research works. An overview is also conducted to describe relevant techniques assessing the floating behavior of such dosage forms either in vitro or in vivo. Finally, a collection representing FDA-approved floating pharmaceutical products is adopted with emphasis on the buoyancy-generating agent type used in each product. PMID:25877444

  5. The Effect of Buoyancy Force in Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of a Two-Dimensional Continuous Ohmic Heating Process

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    Elzubier A. Salih

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Earlier research on ohmic heating technique focused on viscous food and foods containing solid particles. In this study, use of ohmic heating on sterilization of guava juice is carried out. Computational fluid dynamics was used to model and simulate the system. Investigate the buoyancy effect on the CFD simulation of continuous ohmic heating systems of fluid foods. Approach: A two-dimensional model describing the flow, temperature and electric field distribution of non-Newtonian power law guava juice fluid in a cylindrical continuous ohmic heating cell was developed. The electrical conductivity, thermo physical and rheological properties of the fluid was temperature dependent. Numerical simulation was carried out using FLUENT 6.1 software package. A user defined functions available in FLUENT 6.1 was employed for the electric field equation. The heating cell used consisted of a cylindrical tube of diameter 0.05 m, height 0.50 m and having three collinear electrodes of 0.02 m width separated by a distance of 0.22 m. The sample was subjected to zero voltage at the top and bottom of electrodes while electrical potential of 90 volts (AC 50-60 Hz was set at the middle electrode. The inlet velocity is 0.003 m sec-1 and the temperature is in the range of 30-90°C. Results: Simulation was carried with and without buoyancy driven force effect. The ohmic heating was successfully simulated using CFD and the results showed that the buoyancy had a strong effect in temperature profiles and flow pattern of the collinear electrodes configuration ohmic heating. A more uniform velocity and temperature profiles were obtained with the buoyancy effect included. Conclusion: For accurate results, the inclusion of buoyancy effect into the CFD simulation is important.

  6. Penguin lungs and air sacs: implications for baroprotection, oxygen stores and buoyancy.

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    Ponganis, P J; St Leger, J; Scadeng, M

    2015-03-01

    The anatomy and volume of the penguin respiratory system contribute significantly to pulmonary baroprotection, the body O2 store, buoyancy and hence the overall diving physiology of penguins. Therefore, three-dimensional reconstructions from computerized tomographic (CT) scans of live penguins were utilized to measure lung volumes, air sac volumes, tracheobronchial volumes and total body volumes at different inflation pressures in three species with different dive capacities [Adélie (Pygoscelis adeliae), king (Aptenodytes patagonicus) and emperor (A. forsteri) penguins]. Lung volumes scaled to body mass according to published avian allometrics. Air sac volumes at 30 cm H2O (2.94 kPa) inflation pressure, the assumed maximum volume possible prior to deep dives, were two to three times allometric air sac predictions and also two to three times previously determined end-of-dive total air volumes. Although it is unknown whether penguins inhale to such high volumes prior to dives, these values were supported by (a) body density/buoyancy calculations, (b) prior air volume measurements in free-diving ducks and (c) previous suggestions that penguins may exhale air prior to the final portions of deep dives. Based upon air capillary volumes, parabronchial volumes and tracheobronchial volumes estimated from the measured lung/airway volumes and the only available morphometry study of a penguin lung, the presumed maximum air sac volumes resulted in air sac volume to air capillary/parabronchial/tracheobronchial volume ratios that were not large enough to prevent barotrauma to the non-collapsing, rigid air capillaries during the deepest dives of all three species, and during many routine dives of king and emperor penguins. We conclude that volume reduction of airways and lung air spaces, via compression, constriction or blood engorgement, must occur to provide pulmonary baroprotection at depth. It is also possible that relative air capillary and parabronchial volumes are

  7. Large Eddy simulation of turbulence: A subgrid scale model including shear, vorticity, rotation, and buoyancy

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    Canuto, V. M.

    1994-06-01

    The Reynolds numbers that characterize geophysical and astrophysical turbulence (Re approximately equals 108 for the planetary boundary layer and Re approximately equals 1014 for the Sun's interior) are too large to allow a direct numerical simulation (DNS) of the fundamental Navier-Stokes and temperature equations. In fact, the spatial number of grid points N approximately Re9/4 exceeds the computational capability of today's supercomputers. Alternative treatments are the ensemble-time average approach, and/or the volume average approach. Since the first method (Reynolds stress approach) is largely analytical, the resulting turbulence equations entail manageable computational requirements and can thus be linked to a stellar evolutionary code or, in the geophysical case, to general circulation models. In the volume average approach, one carries out a large eddy simulation (LES) which resolves numerically the largest scales, while the unresolved scales must be treated theoretically with a subgrid scale model (SGS). Contrary to the ensemble average approach, the LES+SGS approach has considerable computational requirements. Even if this prevents (for the time being) a LES+SGS model to be linked to stellar or geophysical codes, it is still of the greatest relevance as an 'experimental tool' to be used, inter alia, to improve the parameterizations needed in the ensemble average approach. Such a methodology has been successfully adopted in studies of the convective planetary boundary layer. Experienc e with the LES+SGS approach from different fields has shown that its reliability depends on the healthiness of the SGS model for numerical stability as well as for physical completeness. At present, the most widely used SGS model, the Smagorinsky model, accounts for the effect of the shear induced by the large resolved scales on the unresolved scales but does not account for the effects of buoyancy, anisotropy, rotation, and stable stratification. The latter phenomenon

  8. Semi-empirical models of variable property turbulent heat transfer in vertical tubes accounting for thermally-induced acceleration and buoyancy

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    Jackson, J. D. (Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom))

    2009-07-01

    Semi-empirical models are presented in this paper which account for two different influences that can be present in turbulent forced flow in heated tubes under conditions of variable fluid properties. The first is thermally-induced bulk flow acceleration due to strong heating which leads to reduced turbulence and impaired heat transfer. The second is buoyancy with flow in vertical tubes, which can lead to either reduced or increased turbulence in the upward, buoyancy-aided, flow and systematically increased turbulence in the downward, buoyancy-opposed, case. Thus, as a result, heat transfer can be either impaired or enhanced in these situations depending on the conditions. (orig.)

  9. Buoyancy and the Penrose process produce jets from rotating black holes

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    Semenov, V. S.; Dyadechkin, S. A.; Heyn, M. F.

    2014-04-01

    The exact mechanism by which astrophysical jets are formed is still unknown. It is believed that the necessary elements consist of a rotating (Kerr) black hole and a magnetized accreting plasma. We model the accreting plasma as a collection of magnetic flux tubes/strings. If such a tube falls into a Kerr black hole, then the leading portion loses angular momentum and energy as the string brakes. To compensate for this loss, momentum and energy is redistributed to the trailing portion of the tube. We found that buoyancy creates a pronounced helical magnetic field structure aligned with the spin axis. Along the field lines, the plasma is centrifugally accelerated close to the speed of light. This process leads to unlimited stretching of the flux tube since one part of the tube continues to fall into the black hole and, simultaneously, the other part of the string is pushed outward. Eventually, reconnection cuts the tube. The inner part is filled with new material and the outer part forms a collimated bubble-structured relativistic jet. Each plasmoid can be considered as an outgoing particle in the Penrose mechanism: it carries extracted rotational energy away from the black hole while the falling part, with corresponding negative energy, is left inside the ergosphere.

  10. Dispersion and dissolution of a buoyancy driven gas plume in a layered permeable rock

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    Woods, Andrew W.; Norris, Simon

    2016-04-01

    Using a series of simplified models, we explore the controls on the migration, dispersion and eventual dissolution of a plume of hydrogen gas which may, in principle, rise under buoyancy through a layered permeable rock if released from a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF). We show that the presence of low permeability shale barriers causes the gas to spread laterally as it rises. Averaging over the length scale of the barriers, we use expressions for the Darcy velocity of the gas to describe the dispersion of a tracer and illustrate the effect with a new experiment using a baffled Hele-Shaw cell. While the plume is flowing, a large volume of gas may build up beneath the barriers. If the gas flux subsequently wanes, much of the gas will drain upward through the formation and spread on the upper impermeable boundary of the formation. However, a significant capillary-trapped wake of gas may develop beneath each barrier. Owing to the low solubility of hydrogen in water and assuming relatively slow groundwater flow rates, this trapped hydrogen may require a period of tens to hundreds of thousands of years to dissolve and form a cloud of hydrogen rich water. Although simplified, these models provide a framework to assess the possible travel times and pathways of such a gas plume.

  11. Convective damping of buoyancy anomalies and its effect on lapse rates in the tropical lower troposphere

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    I. Folkins

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In regions of the tropics undergoing active deep convection, the variation of lower tropospheric lapse rates (2.0 km to 5.2 km with height is inconsistent with both reversible moist adiabatic and pseudoadiabatic assumptions. It is argued that this anomalous behavior arises from the tendency for the divergence of a convective buoyancy anomaly to be primarily offset by the collective divergence of other updrafts and downdrafts within one Rossby radius of deformation. Ordinarily, convective mass flux divergences are at least partially offset by an induced radiative mass flux divergence in the background atmosphere. If mass flux divergences from lower tropospheric convection are balanced mainly by those of neighboring updrafts/downdrafts, it would force the vertical clear sky radiative mass flux of the background atmosphere to be weakly dependent on height. This is observed at several radiosonde locations in the Western Tropical Pacific between 2.0 and the 5.2 km melting level. At tropical locations where SST's exceed 27°C over a region whose horizontal extent exceeds the local Rossby radius, this condition on the vertical variation of the background radiative mass flux partially constrains the range of physically allowed mean temperature and moisture profiles in the lower troposphere.

  12. Buoyancy and Pressure Induced Flow of Hot Gases in Vertical Shafts with Natural and Forced Ventilation

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    Jaluria, Yogesh; Tamm, Gunnar Olavi

    2014-11-01

    An experimental investigation was conducted to study buoyancy and pressure induced flow of hot gases in vertical shafts to model smoke propagation in elevator and ventilation shafts of high rise building fires. Various configurations were tested with regard to natural and forced ventilation imposed at the upper and lower surfaces of the vertical shaft. The aspect ratio was taken at a typical value of 6. From a lower vent, the inlet conditions for smoke and hot gases were varied in terms of the Reynolds and Grashof numbers. The forced ventilation at the upper or lower boundary was of the same order as the bulk shaft flow. Measurements were taken within the shaft to allow a detailed study of the steady state flow and thermal fields established for various shaft configurations and inlet conditions, from which optimal means for smoke alleviation in high rise building fires may be developed. Results indicated a wall plume as the primary transport mechanism for smoke propagating from the inlet towards the exhaust region. Recirculation and entrainment dominated at high inlet Grashof number flows, while increased inlet Reynolds numbers allowed greater mixing in the shaft. The development and stability of these flow patterns and their effects on the smoke behavior were assessed for several shaft configurations with different inlet conditions. The comparisons indicated that the fastest smoke removal and lowest overall shaft temperatures occur for a configuration with natural ventilation at the top surface and forced ventilation up from the shaft bottom.

  13. Critical conditions for the buoyancy-driven detachment of a wall-bound pendant drop

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    Lamorgese, A.; Mauri, R.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate numerically the critical conditions for detachment of an isolated, wall-bound emulsion droplet acted upon by surface tension and wall-normal buoyancy forces alone. To that end, we present a simple extension of a diffuse-interface model for partially miscible binary mixtures that was previously employed for simulating several two-phase flow phenomena far and near the critical point [A. G. Lamorgese et al. "Phase-field approach to multiphase flow modeling," Milan J. Math. 79(2), 597-642 (2011)] to allow for static contact angles other than 90°. We use the same formulation of the Cahn boundary condition as first proposed by Jacqmin ["Contact-line dynamics of a diffuse fluid interface," J. Fluid Mech. 402, 57-88 (2000)], which accommodates a cubic (Hermite) interpolation of surface tensions between the wall and each phase at equilibrium. We show that this model can be successfully employed for simulating three-phase contact line problems in stable emulsions with nearly immiscible components. We also show a numerical determination of critical Bond numbers as a function of static contact angle by phase-field simulation.

  14. Parametric Studies on Buoyancy Induced Flow through Circular Pipes in Solar water heating system

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    Dr. S. V. Prayagi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Solar energy is the primary source of energy for our planet. The average solar energy reaching the earth in the tropical zone is about 1kWh/m2 giving approximately 5 to 10 kWh/m2 per day. Increased utilization of solar energy in India would result in all around benefits, both in term of cleaner environment and monetary gain.The energy from the sun can be used for various purposes such as water heating, water distillation, refrigeration, drying, power generation etc. The present work deals with solar water heating system in particular. Performance of the solar collectors can be determined using the famous Hottel-Whillier-Bliss equation [1]. The analysis is simple for the forced convection situation, where the flow rate is artificially maintained constant to a desired value and the heat transfer coefficient can easily be predicted using the information available in the literature. However the natural convection situation it is very difficult to analyze as appropriate correlations for predicting the values of induced mass flow rate due to thermosiphon effect and the associated heat transfer coefficient are not available. The aim of the present investigation, therefore, is to establish correlations for heat transfer and flow characteristics for the buoyancy induced flow through inclined tubes in case of solar water heating system in particular. Considering the complexity of the problem, experimental approach is preferred. In order to produce required data, experiments were performed using inclined tubes of various lengths, diameters, inclinations, and different heat inputs.

  15. Buoyancy-induced flow and heat transfer in a partially divided square enclosure

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    Al Amiri, A. [United Arab Emirates Univ., Al Ain (United Arab Emirates). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2009-07-01

    This study investigated buoyancy-induced heat transfer in a partially divided square enclosure. The effects of dimensionless groups representing the Rayleigh number the height of a heating enclosure were examined in relation to flow structure and heat transfer. The finite element method (FEM) based on Galerkin method of weighted residuals was used to solve transport equations. Continuity, momentum, and energy equations were normalized using dimensionless parameters. Relevant Gashof and Prandtl numbers were also presented. The simulation was validated by comparing results with results obtained in the literature for streamlines, isotherms, and the Nusselt number for Rayleigh number values and heater height values. Streamlines were characterized by 2 symmetrical counter-rotating vortices occupying the entire cavity body. Corresponding isotherms were parallel to the vertical walls except along the upper surfaces of the heater. The study showed that the influence of convection is significant at high Rayleigh number. It was concluded that heat transfer is enhanced by increasing both the heater height and the Rayleigh number. 8 refs., 8 figs.

  16. Wall effects on the cross-buoyancy around a square cylinder in the steady regime

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    A. K. Dhiman

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of blockage ratio on the combined free and forced convection from a long heated square obstacle confined in a horizontal channel are investigated in this work. The numerical computations are performed in the steady regime for Reynolds number = 1 - 30, Richardson number = 0 - 1 for blockage ratios of 0.125 and 0.25 for the fixed Prandtl number of 0.7 (air. The governing equations, along with appropriate boundary conditions, are solved by using a semi-explicit finite volume method implemented on the collocated grid arrangement. The total drag and lift coefficients, local and average Nusselt numbers and the representative streamline, vorticity and isotherm patterns are presented to elucidate the role of blockage ratio on the cross-buoyancy across a confined square cylinder. The asymmetry in the flow and temperature fields decreases with increasing value of the blockage ratio. Similar to forced convection, the total drag coefficient increases with increasing value of the blockage ratio for the fixed values of the Reynolds and Richardson numbers.

  17. Buoyancy-induced time delays in Babcock-Leighton flux-transport dynamo models

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    Jouve, L; Lesur, G

    2010-01-01

    The Sun is a magnetic star whose cyclic activity is thought to be linked to internal dynamo mechanisms. A combination of numerical modelling with various levels of complexity is an efficient and accurate tool to investigate such intricate dynamical processes. We investigate the role of the magnetic buoyancy process in 2D Babcock-Leighton dynamo models, by modelling more accurately the surface source term for poloidal field. Methods. To do so, we reintroduce in mean-field models the results of full 3D MHD calculations of the non-linear evolution of a rising flux tube in a convective shell. More specifically, the Babcock-Leighton source term is modified to take into account the delay introduced by the rise time of the toroidal structures from the base of the convection zone to the solar surface. We find that the time delays introduced in the equations produce large temporal modulation of the cycle amplitude even when strong and thus rapidly rising flux tubes are considered. Aperiodic modulations of the solar cy...

  18. Simulation of buoyancy-driven natural ventilation of buildings - Impact of computational domain

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    Gan, Guohui [Department of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2010-08-15

    Two computational domains have been used for simulation of buoyancy-driven natural ventilation in vertical cavities for different total heat fluxes and wall heat distributions. Results were compared between cavities with horizontal and vertical inlets. The predicted ventilation rate and heat transfer coefficient have been found to depend on the domain size and inlet position as well as the cavity size and heat distribution ratio. The difference in the predicted ventilation rate or heat transfer coefficient using two domains is generally larger for wider cavities with asymmetrical heating and is also larger for ventilation cavities with a horizontal inlet than those with a vertical inlet. The difference in the heat transfer coefficient is generally less than that in the ventilation rate. In addition, a ventilation cavity with symmetrical heating has a higher ventilation rate but generally lower heat transfer coefficient than does an asymmetrically heated cavity. A computational domain larger than the physical size should be used for accurate prediction of the flow rate and heat transfer in ventilation cavities or naturally ventilated buildings with large openings, particularly with multiple inlets and outlets. This is demonstrated with two examples for natural ventilation of buildings. (author)

  19. Impact of computational domain on the prediction of buoyancy-driven ventilation cooling

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    Gan, Guohui [Department of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2010-05-15

    Traditional solar heated cavity structures such as solar chimneys make use of the stored solar energy in the interior wall to enhance natural ventilation of buildings but integration of photovoltaic devices into the exterior wall of such a structure can result in different proportions of heat distribution on both interior and exterior walls. This paper presents results of CFD simulation of the buoyancy-driven airflow and heat transfer in vertical cavities of different heights and widths with different total heat fluxes and wall heat distributions for ventilation cooling. Two sizes of computational domain were used for simulation - a small domain same as the physical size of a cavity and a large extended domain that is much larger than the cavity. The predicted natural ventilation rate and heat transfer coefficient have been found to depend on not only the cavity size and the quantity and proportion of heat distribution on the cavity walls but also the domain size. The difference in the predicted ventilation rate or heat transfer coefficient using the small and large domains is generally larger for wider cavities where heat distribution on two vertical walls is highly asymmetrical; incoming air would be distorted from symmetrical distribution across the inlet opening; and/or significant reverse flow would occur at the outlet opening. The difference in the heat transfer coefficient is generally less than that in the ventilation rate. In addition, a cavity with symmetrical heating has a higher ventilation rate but lower heat transfer coefficient than does an asymmetrically heated cavity. (author)

  20. Nonlinear Simulations of the Heat Flux Driven Buoyancy Instability and its Implications for Galaxy Clusters

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    Parrish, Ian J

    2007-01-01

    In low collisionality plasmas heat flows almost exclusively along magnetic field lines, and the condition for stability to convection is modified from the standard Schwarzschild criterion. We present local two and three-dimensional simulations of a new heat flux driven buoyancy instability (the HBI) that occurs when the temperature in a plasma decreases in the direction of gravity. We find that the HBI drives a convective dynamo that amplifies an initially weak magnetic field by a factor of ~20. In simulations that begin with the magnetic field aligned with the temperature gradient, the HBI saturates by rearranging the magnetic field lines to be almost purely perpendicular to the initial temperature gradient. This magnetic field reorientation results in a net heat flux through the plasma that is less than 1% of the field-free (Spitzer) value. We show that the HBI is likely to be present in the cool cores of clusters of galaxies between ~0.1-100 kpc, where the temperature increases outwards. The saturated stat...

  1. Stereo Imaging Velocimetry of Mixing Driven by Buoyancy Induced Flow Fields

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    Duval, W. M. B.; Jacqmin, D.; Bomani, B. M.; Alexander, I. J.; Kassemi, M.; Batur, C.; Tryggvason, B. V.; Lyubimov, D. V.; Lyubimova, T. P.

    2000-01-01

    Mixing of two fluids generated by steady and particularly g-jitter acceleration is fundamental towards the understanding of transport phenomena in a microgravity environment. We propose to carry out flight and ground-based experiments to quantify flow fields due to g-jitter type of accelerations using Stereo Imaging Velocimetry (SIV), and measure the concentration field using laser fluorescence. The understanding of the effects of g-jitter on transport phenomena is of great practical interest to the microgravity community and impacts the design of experiments for the Space Shuttle as well as the International Space Station. The aim of our proposed research is to provide quantitative data to the community on the effects of g-jitter on flow fields due to mixing induced by buoyancy forces. The fundamental phenomenon of mixing occurs in a broad range of materials processing encompassing the growth of opto-electronic materials and semiconductors, (by directional freezing and physical vapor transport), to solution and protein crystal growth. In materials processing of these systems, crystal homogeneity, which is affected by the solutal field distribution, is one of the major issues. The understanding of fluid mixing driven by buoyancy forces, besides its importance as a topic in fundamental science, can contribute towards the understanding of how solutal fields behave under various body forces. The body forces of interest are steady acceleration and g-jitter acceleration as in a Space Shuttle environment or the International Space Station. Since control of the body force is important, the flight experiment will be carried out on a tunable microgravity vibration isolation mount, which will permit us to precisely input the desired forcing function to simulate a range of body forces. To that end, we propose to design a flight experiment that can only be carried out under microgravity conditions to fully exploit the effects of various body forces on fluid mixing. Recent

  2. Surface tension effects on the behaviour of a rising bubble driven by buoyancy force

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    In the inviscid and incompressible fluid flow regime, surface tension effects on the behaviour of an initially spherical buoyancy-driven bubble rising in an infinite and initially stationary liquid are investigated numerically by a volume of fluid (VOF) method. The ratio of the gas density to the liquid density is 0.001, which is close to the case of an air bubble rising in water. It is found by numerical experiment that there exist four critical Weber numbers We1, We2, We3 and We4, which distinguish five different kinds of bubble behaviours. It is also found that when 1 ≤ We 2, the bubble will finally reach a steady shape, and in this case after it rises acceleratedly for a moment, it will rise with an almost constant speed, and the lower the Weber number is, the higher the speed is. When We > We2, the bubble will not reach a steady shape, and in this case it will not rise with a constant speed. The mechanism of the above phenomena has been analysed theoretically and numerically. (condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties)

  3. Buoyancy convection in a square cavity with mutually orthogonal heat generating baffles

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    Hakeem, A.K. Abdul [UGC-DRS Center for Fluid Dynamics, Department of Mathematics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046 (India)], E-mail: abdulhakeem6@yahoo.co.in; Saravanan, S. [UGC-DRS Center for Fluid Dynamics, Department of Mathematics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046 (India)], E-mail: sshravan@lycos.com; Kandaswamy, P. [UGC-DRS Center for Fluid Dynamics, Department of Mathematics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046 (India)], E-mail: pgkswamy@yahoo.co.in

    2008-08-15

    A two-dimensional numerical solution for buoyancy induced convection in a square cavity with discretely heat generating baffles is presented in the context of cooling of electronic equipments. The walls of the cavity are subjected to either isothermal temperature or outward isoflux. The Grashof number and Prandtl number are fixed at 10{sup 6} and 0.71, respectively. The effects of different locations of the baffles are reported in terms of streamlines and temperature contours. The results obtained clearly show that the fluid flow and temperature fields strongly depend on location of the baffles. The movement of either the horizontal or vertical plate produces no significant changes in the overall heat transfer rate except when one of them is wall mounted in the presence of isothermal cavity walls. In the case of isoflux cavity walls the overall heat transfer rate gets suppressed for the upward movement of the horizontal baffle and enhanced for the horizontal movement of the vertical baffle in the core region of the cavity. When one of the baffles moves closer to a cavity wall thermal boundary layer is formed and hence conduction becomes dominant in between them in the case of isothermal cavity walls. But in general the presence of isoflux cavity walls arrests crowding of isotherms.

  4. Numerical study on mixed buoyancy-wind driving induced flow in a solar chimney for building ventilation

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    Zamora, B.; Kaiser, A.S. [Dpto. Ingenieria Termica y de Fluidos, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Doctor Fleming s/n, 30202 Cartagena (Spain)

    2010-09-15

    In a solar chimney, the buoyancy induced flow of air generates ventilation of the building where the chimney is attached. When atmospheric wind blows over the upper part of a solar chimney, a mixed buoyancy-wind driving induced flow appears, and then the thermal behaviour of the chimney changes drastically. Assuming that the chimney is devoid of any protective device at its upper part, numerical results for the pressure difference coefficients, average Nusselt number and the induced mass flow rate are obtained for values of Rayleigh number varying from 10{sup 7} to 10{sup 12} (symmetrically, isothermal heating condition) and 10{sup 11} to 10{sup 15} (symmetrically, uniform heat flux heating condition), with wind speeds from 0 to 10 m/s. A correlation for the non-dimensional mass flow rate is presented, which is valid for the complete range of relevant parameters regarded, with an average deviation about 6%. (author)

  5. Multicomponent theory of buoyancy instabilities in astrophysical plasma objects: The case of magnetic field perpendicular to gravity

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    Nekrasov, Anatoly K

    2010-01-01

    We develop a general theory of buoyancy instabilities in the electron-ion plasma with the electron heat flux based not upon MHD equations, but using a multicomponent plasma approach in which the momentum equation is solved for each species. We investigate the geometry in which the background magnetic field is perpendicular to the gravity and stratification. General expressions for the perturbed velocities are given without any simplifications. Collisions between electrons and ions are taken into account in the momentum equations in a general form, permitting us to consider both weakly and strongly collisional objects. However, the electron heat flux is assumed to be directed along the magnetic field that implies a weakly collisional case. Using simplifications justified for an investigation of buoyancy instabilities with the electron thermal flux, we derive simple dispersion relations both for collisionless and collisional cases for arbitrary directions of the wave vector. The collisionless dispersion relatio...

  6. Buoyancy and blockage effects on transient laminar opposing mixed convection heat transfer from two horizontal confined isothermal cylinder in tandem

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    Martínez-Suástegui, Lorenzo; Salcedo, Erick; Cajas, Juan; Treviño, César

    2015-11-01

    Transient mixed convection in a laminar cross-flow from two isothermal cylinders in tandem arrangement confined inside a vertical channel is studied numerically using the vorticity-stream function formulation of the unsteady two-dimensional Navier-Stokes and energy equations. Numerical experiments are performed for a Reynolds number based on cylinder diameter of Re = 200, Prandtl number of Pr = 7, blockage ratio of D/H = 0.2, a pitch-to-diameter ratio of L/D = 2, and several values of buoyancy strength or Richardson number Ri = Gr/Re2. The results reported herein demonstrate how the wall confinement, interference effects and opposing buoyancy affect the flow structure and heat transfer characteristics of the cylinder array. This research was supported by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), Grant number 167474 and by the Secretaría de Investigación y Posgrado del IPN, Grant number SIP 20141309.

  7. Large eddy simulation of fire-induced buoyancy driven plume dispersion in an urban street canyon under perpendicular wind flow

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    The dispersion of fire-induced buoyancy driven plume in and above an idealized street canyon of 18 m (width) x 18 m (height) x 40 m (length) with a wind flow perpendicular to its axis was investigated by Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS), Large Eddy Simulation (LES). Former studies, such as that by Oka [T.R. Oke, Street design and urban canopy layer climate, Energy Build. 11 (1988) 103-113], Gayev and Savory [Y.A. Gayev, E. Savory, Influence of street obstructions on flow processes within street canyons. J. Wind Eng. Ind. Aerodyn. 82 (1999) 89-103], Xie et al. [S. Xie, Y. Zhang, L. Qi, X. Tang, Spatial distribution of traffic-related pollutant concentrations in street canyons. Atmos. Environ. 37 (2003) 3213-3224], Baker et al. [J. Baker, H. L. Walker, X. M. Cai, A study of the dispersion and transport of reactive pollutants in and above street canyons-a large eddy simulation, Atmos. Environ. 38 (2004) 6883-6892] and Baik et al. [J.-J. Baik, Y.-S. Kang, J.-J. Kim, Modeling reactive pollutant dispersion in an urban street canyon, Atmos. Environ. 41 (2007) 934-949], focus on the flow pattern and pollutant dispersion in the street canyon with no buoyancy effect. Results showed that with the increase of the wind flow velocity, the dispersion pattern of a buoyant plume fell into four regimes. When the wind flow velocity increased up to a certain critical level, the buoyancy driven upward rising plume was re-entrained back into the street canyon. This is a dangerous situation as the harmful fire smoke will accumulate to pollute the environment and thus threaten the safety of the people in the street canyon. This critical re-entrainment wind velocity, as an important parameter to be concerned, was further revealed to increase asymptotically with the heat/buoyancy release rate of the fire.

  8. The influence of flow inertia, buoyancy, wind, and flow unsteadiness on mixing at the asymmetrical confluence of two large rivers

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    Ramón, Cintia L.; Prats, Jordi; Rueda, Francisco J.

    2016-08-01

    The rates and patterns of mixing of two large rivers with large density differences at a strongly asymmetrical confluence in northern Spain are analyzed. We assess the factors controlling the site where the denser river plunges and the mixing rates between the rivers. In particular, we focus on the interaction between inertial and buoyancy forces, the effect of wind forcing, and the unsteady nature of the hydraulic forcing. The steady-state location of the plunge line is shown to be controlled by an inertia-buoyancy balance, which accounts for the relative magnitude of the buoyancy forcing associated with density differences between the confluent rivers, and the magnitudes of both the main-stream and the side-flow (tributary) inertia. The plunge line moves to upstream locations as the inertia of the tributary increases (for low tributary inertia) and/or the density contrast between the rivers increases. This has important consequences for river mixing since mixing rates increase as the plunging occurs at the confluence. The high mixing rates in this case occur as a result of a large mixing interface surface area and high diffusivities. As the plunging area moves upstream or downstream of the confluence, vertical diffusivities or the area of contact available for mixing decrease and constrain mixing rates. Wind forcing, depending on its velocity and direction, affects mixing rates through (1) altering the buoyancy-inertia equilibrium and so changing the location of the plunge line, (2) altering the pattern of secondary circulation within the confluence and/or (3) increasing shear at the confluence. Flow unsteadiness can lead to changes in the location of the plunge line through time and thus can strongly modify mixing rates at the confluence. The downstream movement of the plunge line is advection dominated, while its upstream movement seems to respond to a baroclinic response of the confluence.

  9. The Effect of Buoyancy Force in Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation of a Two-Dimensional Continuous Ohmic Heating Process

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    Elzubier A. Salih; Thomas S.Y. Choong; S. Y. Sergie; N. L. Chin; O. M. Ibrahim

    2009-01-01

    Problem statement: Earlier research on ohmic heating technique focused on viscous food and foods containing solid particles. In this study, use of ohmic heating on sterilization of guava juice is carried out. Computational fluid dynamics was used to model and simulate the system. Investigate the buoyancy effect on the CFD simulation of continuous ohmic heating systems of fluid foods. Approach: A two-dimensional model describing the flow, temperature and electric field distribution of non-Newt...

  10. Local strong solutions of a parabolic system related to the Boussinesq approximation for buoyancy-driven flow with viscous heating

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    Díaz Díaz, Jesús Ildefonso; Rakotoson, J. M.; Schmidt, P G

    2008-01-01

    We propose a modification of the classical Navier-Stokes-Boussinesq system of equations, which governs buoyancy-driven flows of viscous, incompressible fluids. This modification is motivated by unresolved issues regarding the global solvability of the classical system in situations where viscous heating cannot be neglected. A simple model problem leads to a coupled system of two parabolic equations with a source term involving the square of the gradient of one of the unknowns. In the present ...

  11. Large eddy simulation of fire-induced buoyancy driven plume dispersion in an urban street canyon under perpendicular wind flow

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    Hu, L.H., E-mail: hlh@ustc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Huo, R.; Yang, D. [State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)

    2009-07-15

    The dispersion of fire-induced buoyancy driven plume in and above an idealized street canyon of 18 m (width) x 18 m (height) x 40 m (length) with a wind flow perpendicular to its axis was investigated by Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS), Large Eddy Simulation (LES). Former studies, such as that by Oka [T.R. Oke, Street design and urban canopy layer climate, Energy Build. 11 (1988) 103-113], Gayev and Savory [Y.A. Gayev, E. Savory, Influence of street obstructions on flow processes within street canyons. J. Wind Eng. Ind. Aerodyn. 82 (1999) 89-103], Xie et al. [S. Xie, Y. Zhang, L. Qi, X. Tang, Spatial distribution of traffic-related pollutant concentrations in street canyons. Atmos. Environ. 37 (2003) 3213-3224], Baker et al. [J. Baker, H. L. Walker, X. M. Cai, A study of the dispersion and transport of reactive pollutants in and above street canyons-a large eddy simulation, Atmos. Environ. 38 (2004) 6883-6892] and Baik et al. [J.-J. Baik, Y.-S. Kang, J.-J. Kim, Modeling reactive pollutant dispersion in an urban street canyon, Atmos. Environ. 41 (2007) 934-949], focus on the flow pattern and pollutant dispersion in the street canyon with no buoyancy effect. Results showed that with the increase of the wind flow velocity, the dispersion pattern of a buoyant plume fell into four regimes. When the wind flow velocity increased up to a certain critical level, the buoyancy driven upward rising plume was re-entrained back into the street canyon. This is a dangerous situation as the harmful fire smoke will accumulate to pollute the environment and thus threaten the safety of the people in the street canyon. This critical re-entrainment wind velocity, as an important parameter to be concerned, was further revealed to increase asymptotically with the heat/buoyancy release rate of the fire.

  12. Buoyancy effects on the scaling characteristics of atmospheric boundary-layer wind fields in the mesoscale range.

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    Kiliyanpilakkil, V P; Basu, S; Ruiz-Columbié, A; Araya, G; Castillo, L; Hirth, B; Burgett, W

    2015-09-01

    We have analyzed long-term wind speed time series from five field sites up to a height of 300 m from the ground. Structure function-based scaling analysis has revealed that the scaling exponents in the mesoscale regime systematically depend on height. This anomalous behavior is likely caused by the buoyancy effects. In the framework of the extended self-similarity, the relative scaling exponents portray quasiuniversal behavior. PMID:26465554

  13. Numerical Study of Buoyancy Convection of Air under Permanent Magnetic Field and Comparison with That under Gravity Field

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    Kewei Song; Wenkai Li; Yang Zhou; Yuanru Lu

    2014-01-01

    Magnetothermal free convection of air in a square enclosure under a nonuniform magnetic field provided by a permanent neodymium-iron-boron magnet is numerically studied. The natural convection under the gravity field alone is also studied for comparison. The physical fields of magnetizing force, velocity, and temperature as well as the local distribution characteristic of Nusselt number are all presented in this paper. The results show that the buoyancy convection of air in the square enclosu...

  14. Numerical investigations of buoyancy-driven natural ventilation in a simple three-storey atrium building and thermal comfort evaluation

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    The numerical investigations of buoyancy-driven natural ventilation and thermal comfort evaluation in a simple three-storey atrium building as a part of the passive ventilation strategy was undertaken using a validated Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) model. The Reynolds Averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) modeling approach with the SST-k–ω turbulence model and the discrete transfer radiation model (DTRM) was used for the numerical investigations. The steady-state governing equations were solved using a commercial solver FLUENT©. Various flow situations of the buoyancy-driven natural ventilation in the building during day and night time were examined. The numerical results obtained for the airflow rates, airflow patterns and temperature distributions inside the building are presented in this paper. Using the numerical results, the well-known thermal comfort indices PMV (predicted mean vote) and PPD (predicted percentage of dissatisfied) were calculated for the evaluation of the thermal comfort conditions in the occupied regions of the building. It was noticed that thermal conditions prevailing in the occupied areas of the building as a result of using the buoyancy-driven ventilation were mostly in comfort zone. From the study of the night time ventilation, it was found that hot water (80 °C) circulation (heated by solar collectors during daytime) along the chimney walls during night time and heat sources present in the building can be useful in inducing night ventilation airflows in the building as a part of the passive ventilation strategy. -- Highlights: • A simple three-storey atrium building. • Numerical modeling of buoyancy-driven ventilation flow in the building. • Effect of solar intensity and geographical location on ventilation. • CFD predictions were used to calculate thermal comfort indices. • Evaluation of thermal comfort conditions for the occupants

  15. Variable property buoyancy-influenced heat transfer to air flowing in a vertical passage of annular cross-section

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    This experimental and computational study is concerned with variable property mixed convection heat transfer to air flowing through a vertical passage of annular cross-section having a uniformly heated core and an unheated and well-insulated outer casing. The aims of the study were to investigate the extent to which established ideas concerning the effects of variable properties and buoyancy in heated tubes apply in the case of such an annular passage and to use the basic data produced to validate a computational formulation designed for simulating flow and heat transfer under such conditions. The experimental results confirm that systematic enhancement of heat transfer occurs with increase of buoyancy influence for downward flow and that impairment of heat transfer followed by recovery and enhancement occurs with upward flow in a passage of the kind considered. However, the onset of such effects is delayed and the magnitude is reduced in comparison with those for a circular tube. The computational simulations of the experiments using a variable property, developing flow formulation which took account of property variations and buoyancy influences and incorporated the low-Reynolds number k-ε turbulence model of Abe-Kondoh-Nagano reproduced the main features of the experimental results

  16. Effects of salinity and sea salt type on egg activation, fertilization, buoyancy and early embryology of European eel, Anguilla anguilla.

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    Sørensen, Sune Riis; Butts, Ian Anthony Ernest; Munk, Peter; Tomkiewicz, Jonna

    2016-02-01

    Improper activation and swelling of in vitro produced eggs of European eel, Anguilla anguilla, has been shown to negatively affect embryonic development and hatching. We investigated this phenomenon by examining the effects of salinity and sea salt type on egg dimensions, cell cleavage patterns and egg buoyancy. Egg diameter after activation, using natural seawater adjusted to different salinities, varied among female eels, but no consistent pattern emerged. Activation salinities between 30-40 practical salinity unit (psu) produced higher quality eggs and generally larger egg diameters. Chorion diameters reached maximal values of 1642 ± 8 μm at 35 psu. A positive relationship was found between egg neutral buoyancy and activation salinity. Nine salt types were investigated as activation and incubation media. Five of these types induced a substantial perivitelline space (PVS), leading to large egg sizes, while the remaining four salt types resulted in smaller eggs. All salt types except NaCl treatments led to high fertilization rates and had no effect on fertilization success as well as egg neutral buoyancies at 7 h post-fertilization. The study points to the importance of considering ionic composition of the media when rearing fish eggs and further studies are encouraged. PMID:25707438

  17. Buoyancy-driven detachment of a wall-bound pendant drop: interface shape at pinchoff and nonequilibrium surface tension.

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    Lamorgese, A; Mauri, R

    2015-09-01

    We present numerical results from phase-field simulations of the buoyancy-driven detachment of an isolated, wall-bound pendant emulsion droplet acted upon by surface tension and wall-normal buoyancy forces alone. Our theoretical approach follows a diffuse-interface model for partially miscible binary mixtures which has been extended to include the influence of static contact angles other than 90^{∘}, based on a Hermite interpolation formulation of the Cahn boundary condition as first proposed by Jacqmin [J. Fluid Mech. 402, 57 (2000)JFLSA70022-112010.1017/S0022112099006874]. In a previous work, this model has been successfully employed for simulating triphase contact line problems in stable emulsions with nearly immiscible components, and, in particular, applied to the determination of critical Bond numbers for buoyancy-driven detachment as a function of static contact angle. Herein, the shapes of interfaces at pinchoff are investigated as a function of static contact angle and distance to the critical condition. Furthermore, we show numerical results on the nonequilibrium surface tension that help to explain the discrepancy between our numerically determined static contact angle dependence of the critical Bond number and its sharp-interface counterpart based on a static stability analysis of equilibrium shapes after numerical integration of the Young-Laplace equation. Finally, we show the influence of static contact angle and distance to the critical condition on the temporal evolution of the minimum neck radius in the necking regime of drop detachment. PMID:26465476

  18. Analytical Investigation of Laminar Viscoelastic Fluid Flow over a Wedge in the Presence of Buoyancy Force Effects

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An analytical strong method, the homotopy analysis method (HAM, is employed to study the mixed convective heat transfer in an incompressible steady two-dimensional viscoelastic fluid flow over a wedge in the presence of buoyancy effects. The two-dimensional boundary-layer governing partial differential equations (PDEs are derived by the consideration of Boussinesq approximation. By the use of similarity transformation, we have obtained the ordinary differential nonlinear (ODE forms of momentum and energy equations. The highly nonlinear forms of momentum and energy equations are solved analytically. The effects of different involved parameters such as viscoelastic parameter, Prandtl number, buoyancy parameter, and the wedge angle parameter, which is related to the exponent m of the external velocity, on velocity and temperature distributions are plotted and discussed. An excellent agreement can be seen between the results and the previously published papers for f′′(0 and θ′(0 in some of the tables and figures of the paper for velocity and temperature profiles for various values of viscoelastic parameter and Prandtl number. The effects of buoyancy parameter on the velocity and temperature distributions are completely illustrated in detail.

  19. Evaluation of buoyancy-driven ventilation in atrium buildings using computational fluid dynamics and reduced-scale air model

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    Liu, Pei-Chun; Lin, Hsien-Te [Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1 University Road, Tainan City 70101 (China); Chou, Jung-Hua [Department of Engineering Science, National Cheng Kung University (China)

    2009-09-15

    This research focuses on developing a reliable methodology for predicting the performance of buoyancy-driven ventilation in atrium buildings during the design stage using both computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and scale model tests. The results show several features. First, the agreement between CFD simulation and measurement results in the heated zone is better with rng k-{epsilon} and zero-equation turbulent schemes; whereas, in the atrium space, the laminar and zero-equation CFD models provide better results. Second, the external ambient temperature has a larger effect on the temperature distribution in the atrium space than the thermal load inside the building. Third, the position of the stack openings that create a direct ventilation path can improve the internal thermal environment. The size of the stack openings also affects the temperature distribution in the atrium space. Lastly, due to the small temperature difference in hot and humid climates, a buoyancy-only ventilation strategy is not very effective in such a situation. That is, when a low-rise atrium building is situated in a hot and humid environment, additional efforts such as wind-driven ventilation, wind-buoyancy ventilation or mechanically driven ventilation will be necessary to achieve the thermal comfort desired. (author)

  20. Effect of cross-stream buoyancy and rotation on the free-stream flow and heat transfer across a cylinder

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    Paramane, S.B.; Sharma, A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai (India)

    2010-10-15

    Cross-stream buoyancy-induced formation of VS (vortex shedding) past a rotating cylinder maintained at constant wall temperature is studied at Re 40 and 100. The non-dimensional rotational velocity ({alpha}) is varied from 0 to 8 and Richardson number from 0 to 1 with air as the working fluid. Semi-explicit finite-volume method code implemented on co-located Cartesian multi-block grid is used. Buoyancy-induced onset of vortex shedding is found for stationary/rotating cylinder at sub-critical Re = 40. Steady-VS flow transition map is shown for the different rotational velocity and Ri; and reasoned using vorticity dynamics. At higher rotational velocity, origin of buoyancy-induced secondary frequency for Re = 40 at {alpha} = 6 and for 100 at {alpha} = 5 is discussed using spectral analysis and phase portrait technique. The VS frequency is much smaller at higher as compared to lower rotational velocity and increases with increasing Ri. A monotonic increase in the downward lift force and a reversal in the direction of drag force is found with increasing rotational velocity. Rotation can be used as a drag reduction and heat transfer suppression technique. (authors)

  1. Multicomponent Theory of Buoyancy Instabilities in Astrophysical Plasma Objects: The Case of Magnetic Field Perpendicular to Gravity

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    Nekrasov, Anatoly K.; Shadmehri, Mohsen

    2010-12-01

    We develop a general theory of buoyancy instabilities in the electron-ion plasma with the electron heat flux based not upon magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations, but using a multicomponent plasma approach in which the momentum equation is solved for each species. We investigate the geometry in which the background magnetic field is perpendicular to the gravity and stratification. General expressions for the perturbed velocities are given without any simplifications. Collisions between electrons and ions are taken into account in the momentum equations in a general form, permitting us to consider both weakly and strongly collisional objects. However, the electron heat flux is assumed to be directed along the magnetic field, which implies a weakly collisional case. Using simplifications justified for an investigation of buoyancy instabilities with electron thermal flux, we derive simple dispersion relations for both collisionless and collisional cases for arbitrary directions of the wave vector. Our dispersion relations considerably differ from that obtained in the MHD framework and conditions of instability are similar to Schwarzschild's criterion. This difference is connected with simplified assumptions used in the MHD analysis of buoyancy instabilities and with the role of the longitudinal electric field perturbation which is not captured by the ideal MHD equations. The results obtained can be applied to clusters of galaxies and other astrophysical objects.

  2. On the role of buoyancy force in the ore genesis of SEDEX deposits: Example from Northern Australia

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    2009-01-01

    Finite element modeling on a highly conceptualized 2-D model of fluid flow and heat transport is un-dertaken to simulate the paleo-hydrological system as if the Mount Isa deposits were being formed in the Mount Isa basin, Northern Australia, and to evaluate the potential of buoyancy force in driving ba-sin-scale fluid flow for the formation of sedimentary-exhalative (SEDEX) deposits. Our numerical case studies indicate that buoyancy-driven fluid flow is controlled mainly by the fault penetration depth and its spatial relation with the aquifer. Marine water recharges the basin via one fault and flows through the aquifer where it is heated from below. The heated metalliferous fluid discharges to the basin floor via the other fault. The venting fluid temperatures are computed to be in the range of 115 to 160℃, with fluid velocities of 2.6 to 4.1 m/year over a period of 1 Ma. These conditions are suitable for the formation of a Mount Isa-sized zinc deposit, provided a suitable chemical trap environment is present. Buoyancy force is therefore a viable driving mechanism for basin-scale ore-forming hydrothermal fluid migration, and it is strong enough to lead to the genesis of supergiant SEDEX deposits like the Mount Isa deposit, Northern Australia.

  3. On the role of buoyancy force in the ore genesis of SEDEX deposits: Example from Northern Australia

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    YANG JianWen; FENG ZuoHai; LUO XianRong; CHEN YuanRong

    2009-01-01

    Finite element modeling on a highly conceptualized 2-D model of fluid flow and heat transport is un-dertaken to simulate the paleo-hydrological system as if the Mount Ise deposits were being formed in the Mount Isa basin, Northern Australia, and to evaluate the potential of buoyancy force in driving ba-sin-scale fluid flow for the formation of sedimentary-exhalative (SEDEX) deposits. Our numerical case studies indicate that buoyancy-driven fluid flow is controlled mainly by the fault penetration depth and its spatial relation with the aquifer. Marine water recharges the basin via one fault and flows through the aquifer where it is heated from below. The heated metalliferous fluid discharges to the basin floor via the other fault. The venting fluid temperatures are computed to be in the range of 115 to 160℃, with fluid velocities of 2.6 to 4.1 m/year over a period of 1 Ma. These conditions are suitable for the formation of a Mount Isa-sized zinc deposit, provided a suitable chemical trap environment is present. Buoyancy force is therefore a viable driving mechanism for basin-scale ore-forming hydrothermal fluid migration, and it is strong enough to lead to the genesis of supergiant SEDEX deposits like the Mount Isa deposit, Northern Australia.

  4. Buoyancy Effect of Ionic Vacancy on the Change of the Partial Molar Volume in Ferricyanide-Ferrocyanide Redox Reaction under a Vertical Gravity Field

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    Yoshinobu Oshikiri; Makoto Miura; Ryoichi Aogaki

    2013-01-01

    With a gravity electrode (GE) in a vertical gravity field, the buoyancy effect of ionic vacancy on the change of the partial molar volume in the redox reaction between ferricyanide (FERRI) and ferrocyanide (FERRO) ions was examined. The buoyancy force of ionic vacancy takes a positive or negative value, depending on whether the rate-determining step is the production or extinction of the vacancy. Though the upward convection over an upward electrode in the FERRO ion oxidation suggests the con...

  5. To Float or Not to Float: How Interactions between Light and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Species Determine the Buoyancy of Stratiotes aloides

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    Harpenslager, S.F.; Smolders, A.J.P.; Kieskamp, A.A.M.; Roelofs, J.G.M.; Lamers, L.P.M.

    2015-01-01

    Structural diversity formed by dense, floating Stratiotes aloides stands, generates hotspots of biodiversity of flora and fauna in wetlands. However, only part of the populations become emergent and provide this important facilitation. Since it has been hypothesised that its buoyancy depends on the rates of underwater photosynthesis, we investigated the role of dissolved CO2 availability and PAR on photosynthesis, biomass production and buoyancy in a controlled greenhouse experiment. Photosyn...

  6. Magnetic buoyancy instabilities in the presence of magnetic flux pumping at the base of the solar convection zone

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    Barker, Adrian J.; Silvers, Lara J.; Proctor, Michael R. E.; Weiss, Nigel O.

    2012-07-01

    We perform idealized numerical simulations of magnetic buoyancy instabilities in three dimensions, solving the equations of compressible magnetohydrodynamics in a model of the solar tachocline. In particular, we study the effects of including a highly simplified model of magnetic flux pumping in an upper layer ('the convection zone') on magnetic buoyancy instabilities in a lower layer ('the upper parts of the radiative interior - including the tachocline'), to study these competing flux transport mechanisms at the base of the convection zone. The results of the inclusion of this effect in numerical simulations of the buoyancy instability of both a preconceived magnetic slab and a shear-generated magnetic layer are presented. In the former, we find that if we are in the regime that the downward pumping velocity is comparable with the Alfvén speed of the magnetic layer, magnetic flux pumping is able to hold back the bulk of the magnetic field, with only small pockets of strong field able to rise into the upper layer. In simulations in which the magnetic layer is generated by shear, we find that the shear velocity is not necessarily required to exceed that of the pumping (therefore the kinetic energy of the shear is not required to exceed that of the overlying convection) for strong localized pockets of magnetic field to be produced which can rise into the upper layer. This is because magnetic flux pumping acts to store the field below the interface, allowing it to be amplified both by the shear and by vortical fluid motions, until pockets of field can achieve sufficient strength to rise into the upper layer. In addition, we find that the interface between the two layers is a natural location for the production of strong vertical gradients in the magnetic field. If these gradients are sufficiently strong to allow the development of magnetic buoyancy instabilities, strong shear is not necessarily required to drive them (cf. previous work by Vasil & Brummell). We find

  7. Effects of Buoyancy on Laminar, Transitional, and Turbulent Gas Jet Diffusion Flames

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    Bahadori, M. Yousef; Stocker, Dennis P.; Vaughan, David F.; Zhou, Liming; Edelman, Raymond B.

    1993-01-01

    Gas jet diffusion flames have been a subject of research for many years. However, a better understanding of the physical and chemical phenomena occurring in these flames is still needed, and, while the effects of gravity on the burning process have been observed, the basic mechanisms responsible for these changes have yet to be determined. The fundamental mechanisms that control the combustion process are in general coupled and quite complicated. These include mixing, radiation, kinetics, soot formation and disposition, inertia, diffusion, and viscous effects. In order to understand the mechanisms controlling a fire, laboratory-scale laminar and turbulent gas-jet diffusion flames have been extensively studied, which have provided important information in relation to the physico-chemical processes occurring in flames. However, turbulent flames are not fully understood and their understanding requires more fundamental studies of laminar diffusion flames in which the interplay of transport phenomena and chemical kinetics is more tractable. But even this basic, relatively simple flame is not completely characterized in relation to soot formation, radiation, diffusion, and kinetics. Therefore, gaining an understanding of laminar flames is essential to the understanding of turbulent flames, and particularly fires, in which the same basic phenomena occur. In order to improve and verify the theoretical models essential to the interpretation of data, the complexity and degree of coupling of the controlling mechanisms must be reduced. If gravity is isolated, the complication of buoyancy-induced convection would be removed from the problem. In addition, buoyant convection in normal gravity masks the effects of other controlling parameters on the flame. Therefore, the combination of normal-gravity and microgravity data would provide the information, both theoretical and experimental, to improve our understanding of diffusion flames in general, and the effects of gravity on the

  8. Numerical analysis of two and three dimensional buoyancy driven water-exit of a circular cylinder

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    Moshari Shahab

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available With the development of the technology of underwater moving bodies, the need for developing the knowledge of surface effect interaction of free surface and underwater moving bodies is increased. Hence, the two-phase flow is a subject which is interesting for many researchers all around the world. In this paper, the non-linear free surface deformations which occur during the water-exit of a circular cylinder due to its buoyancy are solved using finite volume discretization based code, and using Volume of Fluid (VOF scheme for solving two phase flow. Dynamic mesh model is used to simulate dynamic motion of the cylinder. In addition, the effect of cylinder mass in presence of an external force is studied. Moreover, the oblique exit and entry of a circular cylinder with two exit angles is simulated. At last, water-exit of a circular cylinder in six degrees of freedom is simulated in 3D using parallel processing. The simulation errors of present work (using VOF method for maximum velocity and height of a circular cylinder are less than the corresponding errors of level set method reported by previous researchers. Oblique exit shows interesting results; formation of waves caused by exit of the cylinder, wave motion in horizontal direction and the air trapped between the waves are observable. In 3D simulation the visualization of water motion on the top surface of the cylinder and the free surface breaking on the front and back faces of the 3D cylinder at the exit phase are observed which cannot be seen in 2D simulation. Comparing the results, 3D simulation shows better agreement with experimental data, specially in the maximum height position of the cylinder.

  9. Thermo capillary and buoyancy flows instabilities; Instabilites d`ecoulements thermocapillaires et de thermogravite

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    Mercier, J.F.

    1997-10-22

    Fluid flows in which liquid layers are submitted to temperature gradient applied horizontally are studied. The thermo capillary and buoyancy effects are thus described. In the experiments, the form of the cell which contains the fluid is different and the fluid heating position too. Each of these experiments reveals a different aspect of the mechanism which is responsible of the flow instability. In the first experiment, the fluid is contained in a rectangular cell longer than larger and whose two longer vertical walls are differentially heated. The waves lengths, frequencies, propagation directions and instability thresholds of stationary, unsteady or oscillating modes obtained theoretically are compared to the structures observed experimentally. The instability mechanisms are essentially bound to the temperature vertical profile in the fluid and the heat exchanges between the fluid and the ambient air are particularly described. In the second experiment, the fluid is contained in an annular cell whose vertical cylindrical walls are differentially heated. The results obtained in the rectangular cell can be transposed to the annular cell substituting the constant thermal gradient of the rectangular geometry by those of the annular geometry, inversely proportional to the radial distance. The introduction of local parameters allows to show that the instability is developed at first near the inside cylinder. In the last experiment, the fluid layer is heated by an electric wire immersed in a parallel direction to the free surface. The development of an ascending vertical flow above the wire induces a deformation of the free surface which can be added to the instability mechanisms of the previous cells. (O.M.) 58 refs.

  10. Modeling the buoyancy-driven Black Sea Water outflow into the North Aegean Sea

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    Nikolaos Kokkos

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A three-dimensional numerical model was applied to simulate the Black Sea Water (BSW outflux and spreading over the North Aegean Sea, and its impact on circulation and stratification–mixing dynamics. Model results were validated against satellite-derived sea surface temperature and in-situ temperature and salinity profiles. Further, the model results were post-processed in terms of the potential energy anomaly, ϕ, analyzing the factors contributing to its change. It occurs that BSW contributes significantly on the Thracian Sea water column stratification, but its signal reduces in the rest of the North Aegean Sea. The BSW buoyancy flux contributed to the change of ϕ in the Thracian Sea by 1.23 × 10−3 W m−3 in the winter and 7.9 × 10−4 W m−3 in the summer, significantly higher than the corresponding solar heat flux contribution (1.41 × 10−5 W m−3 and 7.4 × 10−5 W m−3, respectively. Quantification of the ϕ-advective term crossing the north-western BSW branch (to the north of Lemnos Island, depicted a strong non-linear relation to the relative vorticity of Samothraki Anticyclone. Similar analysis for the south-western branch illustrated a relationship between the ϕ-advective term sign and the relative vorticity in the Sporades system. The ϕ-mixing term increases its significance under strong winds (>15 m s−1, tending to destroy surface meso-scale eddies.

  11. Examining Buoyancy Waves in the Martian Atmosphere with Mars Climate Sounder

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    Edmonds, Robert; Murphy, J.; Teal, D.

    2010-10-01

    Bouyancy ('gravity') waves can potentially play a significant role in the dynamics of the Martian atmosphere (Barnes, 1990). Small wave disturbances created at the surface (i.e. topographically) or at low altitudes (ex. convection) can propagate vertically under the appropriate thermodynamic conditions. To conserve energy, the amplitude of small waves can grow substantially in response to decreasing densities at higher altitudes. Gravity waves in the upper atmosphere have been analyzed from atmospheric densities derived from aerobarking Martian spacecraft (Creasey et al., 2006b & Fritts et al., 2006). Potentially large wave amplitudes aloft can result in wave saturation and wave breaking (Lindzen, 1981). The breaking waves deposit momentum, potentially altering the winds at that breaking level substantially. Creasey et al. (2006a) investigated the amplitudes of Martian atmospheric gravity waves by attempting to determine their manifested temperature perturbations as derived from Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) radio occultation measurements. Their results showed little correlation between topographic variance and gravitational wave energy. Motivated by this result, we are interested in how wave energies derived from Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) limb radiance measurements compare to the MGS Radio Science (RS) results. The continuous nature of the MCS measurements offer the opportunity to systematically investigate buoyancy wave characteristics diurnally, seasonally, and geographically, and to do so to a higher altitude (lower pressure) than the MGS RS profiles afforded. The MCS data used in this work is made publicly available through NASA's Planetary Data System's Atmospheres Node. This work is supported by NSF Grant ATM-0535811 (Univ. of Michigan), NMSU subcontract 3000615888 Barnes, J.R., 1990, JGR, 95, B2, 1401-1421. Creasey, J.E., et al., 2006, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L01803. Creasey, J.E., et al., 2006, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L22814. Fritts, D.C., et al., 2006

  12. Can conduction induce convection? On the non-linear saturation of buoyancy instabilities in dilute plasmas

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    McCourt, Michael; Parrish, Ian J.; Sharma, Prateek; Quataert, Eliot

    2011-05-01

    We study the effects of anisotropic thermal conduction on low-collisionality, astrophysical plasmas using two- and three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulations. Dilute, weakly magnetized plasmas are buoyantly unstable for either sign of the temperature gradient: the heat-flux-driven buoyancy instability (HBI) operates when the temperature increases with radius while the magnetothermal instability (MTI) operates in the opposite limit. In contrast to previous results, we show that the MTI can drive strong turbulence and operate as an efficient magnetic dynamo, akin to standard, adiabatic convection. Together, the turbulent and magnetic energies may contribute up to ˜10 per cent of the pressure support in the plasma. In addition, the MTI drives a large convective heat flux, up to ˜1.5 per cent ×ρc3s. These findings are robust even in the presence of an external source of strong turbulence. Our results for the non-linear saturation of the HBI are consistent with previous studies but we explain physically why the HBI saturates quiescently, while the MTI saturates by generating sustained turbulence. We also systematically study how an external source of turbulence affects the saturation of the HBI: such turbulence can disrupt the HBI only on scales where the shearing rate of the turbulence is faster than the growth rate of the HBI. The HBI reorients the magnetic field and suppresses the conductive heat flux through the plasma, and our results provide a simple mapping between the level of turbulence in a plasma and the effective isotropic thermal conductivity. We discuss the astrophysical implications of these findings, with a particular focus on the intracluster medium of galaxy clusters.

  13. Buoyancy-induced time delays in Babcock-Leighton flux-transport dynamo models

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    Jouve, L.; Proctor, M. R. E.; Lesur, G.

    2010-09-01

    Context. The Sun is a magnetic star whose cyclic activity is thought to be linked to internal dynamo mechanisms. A combination of numerical modelling with various levels of complexity is an efficient and accurate tool to investigate such intricate dynamical processes. Aims: We investigate the role of the magnetic buoyancy process in 2D Babcock-Leighton dynamo models, by modelling more accurately the surface source term for poloidal field. Methods: To do so, we reintroduce in mean-field models the results of full 3D MHD calculations of the non-linear evolution of a rising flux tube in a convective shell. More specifically, the Babcock-Leighton source term is modified to take into account the delay introduced by the rise time of the toroidal structures from the base of the convection zone to the solar surface. Results: We find that the time delays introduced in the equations produce large temporal modulation of the cycle amplitude even when strong and thus rapidly rising flux tubes are considered. Aperiodic modulations of the solar cycle appear after a sequence of period doubling bifurcations typical of non-linear systems. The strong effects introduced even by small delays is found to be due to the dependence of the delays on the magnetic field strength at the base of the convection zone, the modulation being much less when time delays remain constant. We do not find any significant influence on the cycle period except when the delays are made artificially strong. Conclusions: A possible new origin of the solar cycle variability is here revealed. This modulated activity and the resulting butterfly diagram are then more compatible with observations than what the standard Babcock-Leighton model produces.

  14. Composition, buoyancy regulation and fate of ice algal aggregates in the Central Arctic Ocean.

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    Fernández-Méndez, Mar; Wenzhöfer, Frank; Peeken, Ilka; Sørensen, Heidi L; Glud, Ronnie N; Boetius, Antje

    2014-01-01

    Sea-ice diatoms are known to accumulate in large aggregates in and under sea ice and in melt ponds. There is recent evidence from the Arctic that such aggregates can contribute substantially to particle export when sinking from the ice. The role and regulation of microbial aggregation in the highly seasonal, nutrient- and light-limited Arctic sea-ice ecosystem is not well understood. To elucidate the mechanisms controlling the formation and export of algal aggregates from sea ice, we investigated samples taken in late summer 2011 and 2012, during two cruises to the Eurasian Basin of the Central Arctic Ocean. Spherical aggregates densely packed with pennate diatoms, as well as filamentous aggregates formed by Melosira arctica showed sign of different stages of degradation and physiological stoichiometries, with carbon to chlorophyll a ratios ranging from 110 to 66700, and carbon to nitrogen molar ratios of 8-35 and 9-40, respectively. Sub-ice algal aggregate densities ranged between 1 and 17 aggregates m(-2), maintaining an estimated net primary production of 0.4-40 mg C m(-2) d(-1), and accounted for 3-80% of total phototrophic biomass and up to 94% of local net primary production. A potential factor controlling the buoyancy of the aggregates was light intensity, regulating photosynthetic oxygen production and the amount of gas bubbles trapped within the mucous matrix, even at low ambient nutrient concentrations. Our data-set was used to evaluate the distribution and importance of Arctic algal aggregates as carbon source for pelagic and benthic communities. PMID:25208058

  15. Composition, buoyancy regulation and fate of ice algal aggregates in the Central Arctic Ocean.

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    Mar Fernández-Méndez

    Full Text Available Sea-ice diatoms are known to accumulate in large aggregates in and under sea ice and in melt ponds. There is recent evidence from the Arctic that such aggregates can contribute substantially to particle export when sinking from the ice. The role and regulation of microbial aggregation in the highly seasonal, nutrient- and light-limited Arctic sea-ice ecosystem is not well understood. To elucidate the mechanisms controlling the formation and export of algal aggregates from sea ice, we investigated samples taken in late summer 2011 and 2012, during two cruises to the Eurasian Basin of the Central Arctic Ocean. Spherical aggregates densely packed with pennate diatoms, as well as filamentous aggregates formed by Melosira arctica showed sign of different stages of degradation and physiological stoichiometries, with carbon to chlorophyll a ratios ranging from 110 to 66700, and carbon to nitrogen molar ratios of 8-35 and 9-40, respectively. Sub-ice algal aggregate densities ranged between 1 and 17 aggregates m(-2, maintaining an estimated net primary production of 0.4-40 mg C m(-2 d(-1, and accounted for 3-80% of total phototrophic biomass and up to 94% of local net primary production. A potential factor controlling the buoyancy of the aggregates was light intensity, regulating photosynthetic oxygen production and the amount of gas bubbles trapped within the mucous matrix, even at low ambient nutrient concentrations. Our data-set was used to evaluate the distribution and importance of Arctic algal aggregates as carbon source for pelagic and benthic communities.

  16. Performance enhancement of a Lorentz force velocimeter using a buoyancy-compensated magnet system

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    Lorentz force velocimetry (LFV) is a highly feasible method for measuring flow rate in a pipe or a duct. This method has been established for liquid metal flows but also for electrolytes such as saltwater. A decrease in electrical conductivity of the medium causes a decrease of the Lorentz force which needs to be resolved, affecting the accuracy of the measurement. We use an electrical force compensation (EFC) balance for the determination of the tiny force signals in a test channel filled with electrolyte solution. It is used in a 90°-rotated orientation with a magnet system hanging vertically on its load bar. The thin coupling elements of its parallel guiding system limit the mass of the magnets to 1 kg. To overcome this restriction, which limits the magnetic flux density and hence the Lorentz forces, a weight force compensation mechanism is developed. Therefore, different methods such as air bearing are conceivable, but for the elimination of additional horizontal force components which would disturb the force signal, only compensation by lift force provided by buoyancy is reasonable. We present a swimming body setup that will allow larger magnet systems than before, because a large amount of the weight force will be compensated by this lift force. Thus the implementation of this concept has to be made with respect to hydrodynamical and mechanical stability. This is necessary to avoid overturning of the swimming body setup and to prevent inelastic deformation. Additionally, the issue will be presented and discussed whether thermal convection around the lifting body diminishes the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) significantly or not. (paper)

  17. Buoyancy-driven convection and mixing in magma chambers - the case of Phlegraean Fields caldera

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    Montagna, Chiara P.; Longo, Antonella; Bagagli, Matteo; Papale, Paolo

    2016-04-01

    Ascent of primitive magmas from depth into shallow, partially degassed reservoirs is commonly assumed to be a viable eruption trigger. At Phlegraean Fields (Southern Italy), processes of convection and mixing have been identified as taking an active part both in pre- and syn-eruptive stages in many eruptions of different size. We performed numerical simulations of magma chamber replenishment referring to an archetypal case whereby a shallow, small magma chamber containing degassed phonolite is invaded by volatile-rich shoshonitic magma coming from a deeper, larger reservoir. The system evolution is solely driven by buoyancy, as the magma entering the shallower chamber is less dense than the degassed, resident phonolite. The evolution in space and time of physical quantities such as pressure, gas content and density is highly heterogeneous; nonetheless, an overall decreasing exponential trend in time can be observed and characterizes the whole process. The same exponentially decreasing trend can be observed in the amplitude of the ground deformation signals (seismicity over the whole frequency spectrum) calculated from the results of the magmatic dynamics. Exponential decay in the efficiency of the mixing process has been also observed experimentally, albeit on much smaller length and time scales (Morgavi et al., Contrib. Min. Petr. 2013). Depending on the initial and boundary conditions explored, such as chamber geometry or density contrast, the time constant thus the duration of the process can vary. Independently, the evolution of pressure in the magmatic system also depends on the initial and boundary conditions, leading either to eruption-favourable conditions or not. Relating the time scales for convective processes to be effective with their outcomes in terms of stresses at the chamber boundaries can substantially improve our ability to forecast eruptions at volcanoes worldwide.

  18. Performance enhancement of a Lorentz force velocimeter using a buoyancy-compensated magnet system

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    Ebert, R.; Leineweber, J.; Resagk, C.

    2015-07-01

    Lorentz force velocimetry (LFV) is a highly feasible method for measuring flow rate in a pipe or a duct. This method has been established for liquid metal flows but also for electrolytes such as saltwater. A decrease in electrical conductivity of the medium causes a decrease of the Lorentz force which needs to be resolved, affecting the accuracy of the measurement. We use an electrical force compensation (EFC) balance for the determination of the tiny force signals in a test channel filled with electrolyte solution. It is used in a 90°-rotated orientation with a magnet system hanging vertically on its load bar. The thin coupling elements of its parallel guiding system limit the mass of the magnets to 1 kg. To overcome this restriction, which limits the magnetic flux density and hence the Lorentz forces, a weight force compensation mechanism is developed. Therefore, different methods such as air bearing are conceivable, but for the elimination of additional horizontal force components which would disturb the force signal, only compensation by lift force provided by buoyancy is reasonable. We present a swimming body setup that will allow larger magnet systems than before, because a large amount of the weight force will be compensated by this lift force. Thus the implementation of this concept has to be made with respect to hydrodynamical and mechanical stability. This is necessary to avoid overturning of the swimming body setup and to prevent inelastic deformation. Additionally, the issue will be presented and discussed whether thermal convection around the lifting body diminishes the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) significantly or not.

  19. On the role of buoyancy in determining the course of PWR boron dilution transients

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    A computational investigation is undertaken into the role of buoyancy in a PWR boron dilution transient initiated by a postulated Small Break Loss of Coolant Accident (SB-LOCA). The scenario envisages a flow of de-borated and relatively high temperature water entering the annular downcomer from a single cold leg; flow rates are typical of natural circulation conditions. The study focuses on the temporal and spatial development of boron concentration distributions in the downcomer. The physical framework consists of a 3D-unsteady formulation of the mean flow and standard high-Reynolds-number k-ε turbulence model equations. It is found that the Richardson number (Ri = Gr/Re2) is the most important group in relation to the parameterization of the course of a concentration transient, and at Ri values characterizing a ‘baseline’ scenario, the present results indicate that there is a stable, circumferentially-uniform, descent through the downcomer of a stratified region of low-borated fluid. The same qualitative behaviour is found at a higher Richardson number; however, when Ri is reduced to approximately one-fifth of the baseline level there is evidence of large-scale mixing and a consequent absence of concentration stratification. -- Highlights: • PWR downcomer boron concentration is computed using a 3D-unsteady formulation. • There are two stages: first, an establishment of concentration stratification. • This is succeeded by a coherent downwards progression of low-borated water. • However, large-scale mixing can occur at low values of the Richardson number (Ri). • A critical Ri value/range might determine whether stratification or mixing occurs

  20. A study of intermittent buoyancy induced flow phenomena in CANDU fuel channels

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    The present work focuses on two-phase flow behavior called 'Intermittent Buoyancy Induced Flow' (IBIF) resulting from the loss of coolant circulation in a CANDU reactor core. The main objectives are to study steam bubble formation and migration through the pressure tube into the feeder tubes and headers, and to study the effect of pressure tube sagging on the two-phase flow behavior during IBIF. This paper will describe the experiments conducted with a set up simulating a pressure tube in a CANDU reactor. The test section was a 9.0-m long, 101.6-mm ID horizontal acrylic tube. Two vertical tubes simulating the feeder pipes in the reactor were attached at the end sections of the horizontal tube. Each vertical tube was connected to an open top cylindrical water tank simulating the header tank. Experiments were conducted using air and water at atmospheric pressure to qualitatively examine the IBIF phenomena. Air bubbles injected into the horizontal tube were observed to rapidly rise towards the top forming a continuous layer rather than flowing as discrete bubbles. The front of the air-water interface then moved horizontally towards the end sections at constant speeds and vented into the feeder tubes forming a slug flow. At low air injection rates an oscillating periodic behavior in the void fraction was observed in the two feeder tubes as the air vented alternately through each of these tubes. Small sagging of the pressure tube in the middle induced the injected air to move towards the end faster reducing the venting time. (author)

  1. Anisotropy and buoyancy in nuclear turbulent heat transfer - critical assessment and needs for modelling

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    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) programs have a wide application field in reactor technique, like to diverse flow types which have to be considered in Accelerator Driven nuclear reactor Systems (ADS). This requires turbulence models for the momentum and heat transfer with very different capabilities. The physical demands on the models are elaborated for selected transport mechanisms, the status quo of the modelling is discussed, and it is investigated which capabilities are offered by the market dominating commercial CFD codes. One topic of the discussion is on the already earlier achieved knowledge on the distinct anisotropy of the turbulent momentum and heat transport near walls. It is shown that this is relevant in channel flows with inhomogeneous wall conditions. The related consequences for the turbulence modelling are discussed. The second topic is the turbulent heat transport in buoyancy influenced flows. The only turbulence model for heat transfer which is available in the large commercial CFD-codes is based on the Reynolds analogy. This means, it is required to prescribe suitable turbulent Prandtl number distributions. There exist many correlations for channel flows, but they are seldom used in practical applications. Here, a correlation is deduced for the local turbulent Prandtl number which accounts for many parameters, like wall distance, molecular Prandtl number of the fluid, wall roughness and local shear stress, thermal wall condition, etc. so that it can be applied to most ADS typical heat transporting channel flows. The spatial dependence is discussed. It is shown that it is essential for reliable temperature calculations to get accurate turbulent Prandtl numbers especially near walls. If thermal wall functions are applied, then the correlation for the turbulent Prandtl number has to be consistent with the wall functions to avoid unphysical discretisation dependences. In using Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) data for horizontal fluid layers it

  2. Dynamo action and magnetic buoyancy in convection simulations with vertical shear

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    Guerrero, G.; Käpylä, P. J.

    2011-09-01

    in lower values of the turbulent velocity and in perturbations of approximately three per cent on the shear profile. Conclusions: The results indicate that buoyancy is a common phenomena when the magnetic field is amplified through dynamo action in a narrow layer. It is, however, very hard for the field to rise up to the surface without losing its initial coherence.

  3. Silicate melts density, buoyancy relations and the dynamics of magmatic processes in the upper mantle

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    Sanchez-Valle, Carmen; Malfait, Wim J.

    2016-04-01

    with results from ab initio calculations. The density model has been applied to examine the mineral-melt buoyancy relations at depth and the implications of these results for the dynamics of magma chambers, crystal settling and the stability and mobility of magmas in the upper mantle will be discussed.

  4. Influences of the buoyancy of partially molten rock on 3-D plume patterns and melt productivity above retreating slabs

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    Zhu, Guizhi; Gerya, Taras V.; Honda, Satoru; Tackley, Paul J.; Yuen, David A.

    2011-04-01

    Using 3-D petrological-thermo-mechanical subduction models, we investigate how the buoyancy of partially molten rock affects the development of thermal-chemical plumes and melt productivity in the mantle wedge. As a first order approximation we limit the positive buoyancy of partially molten rock (compared to non-molten rock), which can be decreased due to rapid melt extraction and removal to the surface. Our simulations show that a large to moderate density contrast (Δ ρ) of >200 kg/m 3 between non-molten ( ηn-m) and partially molten rock ( ηp-m). (i.e. low to moderate degree of melt removal from rock) promotes the development of three distinct patterns of plumes (finger-like, ridge-like and wave-like). In contrast, a low density contrast (Δ ρ) of 0-50 kg/m 3 (i.e. high to complete melt removal) suppresses pronounced plumes and is associated with low-amplitude (50-100 km wide and 10-15 km high) domal structures developing atop the slab due to the chemical buoyancy of subducted hydrated non-molten rock types (oceanic crust, sediments, serpentinites). Variation in partially molten rock viscosity ( ηp-m) also notably affects plume patterns and lateral dimensions: wave-like plumes are most pronounced at higher ( ηp-m = 10 19 Pa s) viscosity, which also favors the development of larger plumes compared to models with lower ( ηp-m = 10 18 Pa s) viscosity. Integrated melt productivity above the slab is notably higher for cases with pronounced hydrated thermal-chemical plumes developed in the mantle wedge. Indeed, all models are characterized by periodic (5-10 Myr long episodes of enhanced productivity), spatially clustered (30-50 km distance between productivity maxima) melt production, which may explain the periodicity and clustering of volcanic activity observed in magmatic arcs such as in North-East Japan and New Zealand.

  5. Development of Deep-Sea Buoyancy Materials%深海浮力材料的研制

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    陈尔凡; 张莹; 马驰; 高艳萍; 吴波; 王素菊; 白岩; 汪晓娟

    2013-01-01

    以环氧树脂为基体,选用低分子聚酰胺树脂为固化剂,液体聚硫橡胶为增韧剂,并填充经表面活化处理的空心玻璃微珠,制得高强度、低密度、低吸水率的深海浮力材料.结果表明,随着空心玻璃微珠用量的增加,深海浮力材料的密度、压缩强度和冲击强度均逐渐降低,而吸水率上升.当固化剂TY-203的质量分数为环氧树脂的1/2、增韧剂液体聚硫橡胶的质量分数为10%、改性空心玻璃微珠的质量分数为35%时,制得深海浮力材料的综合性能较好,密度为0.633 g/cm3、压缩强度为45.21 MPa、冲击强度为36.39 J/m、吸水率为0.67%.%The deep-sea buoyancy materials with high strength, low density and low water absorption were prepared by mixing great amount of the activated hollow glass bead in epoxy resin. Low molecular weight polyamide was chosen as curing agent and the composite was toughened by liquid polysulfide rubber in the process of preparation. The results show that with content of the hollow glass bead increasing, the density, compressive strength and impact strength of buoyancy materials decrease, however, the water absorption of buoyancy materials increase. When the mass fraction of curing agent is 1 /2 of epoxy resin, the mass fraction of toughening agent is 10%, and the mass fraction of modified hollow glass bead is 35%, the deep-sea buoyancy material has better comprehensive properties, the density, compressive strength, impact strength and water absorption are 0.633 g/cm3,45.21 MPa, 36.39 J/m and 0.67% respectively.

  6. Buoyancy Effects on Unsteady MHD Flow of a Reactive Third-Grade Fluid with Asymmetric Convective Cooling

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    Tirivanhu Chinyoka

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This article examines the combined effects of buoyancy force and asymmetrical convective cooling on unsteady MHD channel flow and heat transfer characteristics of an incompressible, reactive, variable viscosity and electrically conducting third grade fluid. The chemical kinetics in the flow system is exothermic and the asymmetric convective heat transfers at the channel walls follow the Newton’s law of cooling. The coupled nonlinear partial differential equations governing the problem are derived and solved numerically using a semi-implicit finite difference scheme. Graphical results are presented and physical aspects of the problem are discussed with respect to various parameters embedded in the system.

  7. Rice Coleoptile Growth under Water and in Air-Possible Effect of Buoyancy on Growth and Cell Walls

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    Kah-Siew, Tan; Takayuki, Hoson; Seiichiro, Kamisaka; Yoshio, Masuda

    1992-01-01

    Maximum growth was achieved in rice coleoptiles (Oryza sativa L. cv. Sasanishiki) grown under water; they reached maximum length of 81.2 mm on day 5. The maximum length of coleoptiles grown in air or under water with air bubbling was 12.4 mm and 23.5 mm in day 5,respectively. Differences in coleoptile growth between air bubbling and air conditions, namely approximately 11 mm at day 5,could be due to buoyancy effect under water. Promoted growth under water was due to a decrease in cell wall ex...

  8. Buoyancy-driven instability in a vertical cylinder: Binary fluids with Soret effect. I - General theory and stationary stability results

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    Hardin, G. R.; Sani, R. L.; Henry, D.; Roux, B.

    1990-01-01

    The buoyancy-driven instability of a monocomponent or binary fluid completely contained in a vertical circular cylinder is investigated, including the influence of the Soret effect for the binary mixture. The Boussinesq approximation is used, and the resulting linear stability problem is solved using a Galerkin technique. The analysis considers fluid mixtures ranging from gases to liquid metals. The flow structure is found to depend strongly on both the cylinder aspect ratio and the magnitude of the Soret effect. The predicted stability limits are shown to agree closely with experimental observations.

  9. Effects of latitudinally heterogeneous buoyancy flux conditions at the inner core boundary of an MHD dynamo in a rotating spherical shell

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    Sasaki, Youhei; Takehiro, Shin-ichi; Nishizawa, Seiya; Hayashi, Yoshi-Yuki

    2013-10-01

    Numerical experiments on an MHD dynamo in a rotating spherical shell are performed in order to examine effects of latitudinally heterogeneous buoyancy flux conditions at the inner core boundary on the establishment of dynamo solutions. The Ekman number, the Prandtl number, and the ratio of the inner to outer radii are fixed as 10-3, 1, and 0.35, respectively. The magnetic Prandtl number is varied from 1 to 10, and the modified Rayleigh number is increased from 100 to 500. The electrically-conducting inner sphere is allowed to rotate rigidly around the rotation axis of the outer sphere at a different angular velocity. It is found that self-sustained dynamo solutions are obtained in the presence of a strong buoyancy flux around the equatorial regions or a homogeneous buoyancy flux, whereas a magnetic field does not develop spontaneously in all cases when a strong buoyancy flux is present around the polar regions. This difference in the development of the magnetic fields is considered to be affected by the different distributions of the mean zonal flow. In the case of the strong polar buoyancy flux, the direction of the mean zonal flow around the inner core is reversed due to the thermal wind balance and strong shear layer produced there. This shear may prevent the coherent growth of vortex columns and the magnetic field.

  10. Effect of Thermal Buoyancy on Fluid Flow and Inclusion Motion in Tundish without Flow Control Devices--Part Ⅱ: Inclusion Motion

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    2005-01-01

    Following up the fluid flow simulation in a 60 t tundish, the trajectories of inclusions in the 60 t tundish without flow control are simulated by considering the force balance between the drag force and the inertial buoyancy force. The Stochastic model yields more accurate inclusion motion than the non-Stochastic model due to including the effect of the turbulent fluctuation. The average residence time of inclusions decreases with increasing size. The thermal buoyancy favors inclusions removal especially the small inclusions. Using solute transport like the dye injection in water model and copper addition in the real steel tundish cannot accurately study the motion of the inclusions. In the simulation, more than 68% inclusions bigger than 10μm are removed to the top, and less than 32% enters the mold. The thermal buoyancy has little effect on the fraction of inclusions moved to the top of the inlet zone, and it mainly favors the removal of inclusions smaller than 100μm to the top surface of the outlet zone. For inclusions bigger than 100μm , the effect of thermal buoyancy on their motion can be ignored compared to the inertial buoyancy effect.

  11. Magnetic buoyancy instabilities in the presence of magnetic flux pumping at the base of the solar convection zone

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    Barker, Adrian J; Proctor, Michael R E; Weiss, Nigel O

    2012-01-01

    We perform idealised numerical simulations of magnetic buoyancy instabilities in a model of the solar tachocline. We introduce a simplified model of magnetic flux pumping in an upper layer (the convection zone), and study the effects of its inclusion on the evolution of buoyancy instabilities in a lower layer (the radiative interior). We study its effects on the instability of both a preconceived magnetic slab and of a shear-generated magnetic layer. In the former, we find that in the regime in which the downward pumping velocity is comparable with the Alfven speed of the magnetic layer, flux pumping is able to hold back the bulk of the magnetic field, with only small pockets of strong field able to rise into the upper layer. In simulations in which the magnetic layer is generated by shear, we find that the shear velocity is not necessarily required to exceed that of the pumping (therefore the kinetic energy of the shear is not required to exceed that of the overlying convection), for strong localised pockets...

  12. Experimental investigation of buoyancy effects on convection heat transfer of supercritical CO2 flow in a horizontal tube

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    Tanimizu, Katsuyoshi; Sadr, Reza

    2016-04-01

    The heat transfer characteristics of supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) turbulent flow were investigated experimentally in a horizontal circular pipe with an inner diameter of 8.7 mm. Local convection coefficients and Nusselt numbers of the flow were obtained at different locations along the pipe with a constant heat flux ranging from 16 to 64 kW/m2. Experiments were performed for fluid mass flow rate ranging from 0.011 to 0.017 kg/s, an inlet fluid temperature ranging from 24 to 28 °C, and a flow pressure ranging from 7.5 to 9.0 MPa to investigate their effects on the convection heat transfer in the pipe. Both enhancement as well as deterioration in the heat transfer coefficient was observed for the flow conditions examined in this work. Experimental results were then compared with the widely used empirical correlation for pipe flow. Three commonly used buoyancy parameters were utilized to investigate their applicability in the present test conditions. Results indicate that all the parameters show a strong presence of buoyancy effects in the present test conditions. The trend and magnitude of these parameters, however, do not agree with the trend and magnitude of heat transfer enhancement and deterioration along the pipe.

  13. Effect of magnetic field on the buoyancy and thermocapillary driven convection of an electrically conducting fluid in an annular enclosure

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    Sankar, M., E-mail: manisankarir@yahoo.co [Department of Mathematics, Kyungpook National University, 1370 Sangyeok-Dong, Buk-Gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Mathematics, East Point College of Engineering and Technology, Bangalore 560 049 (India); Venkatachalappa, M. [UGC Centre for Advanced Studies in Fluid Mechanics, Department of Mathematics, Bangalore University, Bangalore 560 001 (India); Do, Younghae [Department of Mathematics, Kyungpook National University, 1370 Sangyeok-Dong, Buk-Gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-04-15

    The main objective of this article is to study the effect of magnetic field on the combined buoyancy and surface tension driven convection in a cylindrical annular enclosure. In this study, the top surface of the annulus is assumed to be free, and the bottom wall is insulated, whereas the inner and the outer cylindrical walls are kept at hot and cold temperatures respectively. The governing equations of the flow system are numerically solved using an implicit finite difference technique. The numerical results for various governing parameters of the problem are discussed in terms of the streamlines, isotherms, Nusselt number and velocity profiles in the annuli. Our results reveal that, in tall cavities, the axial magnetic field suppresses the surface tension flow more effectively than the radial magnetic field, whereas, the radial magnetic field is found to be better for suppressing the buoyancy driven flow compared to axial magnetic field. However, the axial magnetic field is found to be effective in suppressing both the flows in shallow cavities. From the results, we also found that the surface tension effect is predominant in shallow cavities compared to the square and tall annulus. Further, the heat transfer rate increases with radii ratio, but decreases with the Hartmann number.

  14. Buoyancy and Dissolution of the Floating Crust Layer in Tank 241-SY-101 During Transfer and Back-Dilution

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    To remediate gas retention in the floating crust layer and the potential for buoyant displacement gas releases from below the crust, waste will be transferred out of Hanford Tank 241-SY-101 (SY-101) in the fall of 1999 and back-diluted with water in several steps of about 100,000 gallons each. To evaluate the effects of back-dilution on the crust a static buoyancy model is derived that predicts crust and liquid surface elevations as a function of mixing efficiency and volume of water added during transfer and back-dilution. Experimental results are presented that demonstrate the basic physics involved and verify the operation of the models. A dissolution model is also developed to evaluate the effects of dissolution of solids on crust flotation. The model includes dissolution of solids suspended in the slurry as well as in the crust layers. The inventory and location of insoluble solids after dissolution of the soluble fraction are also tracked. The buoyancy model is applied to predict the crust behavior for the first back-dilution step in SY-101. Specific concerns addressed include conditions that could cause the crust to sink and back-dilution requirements that keep the base of the crust well above the mixer pump inlet

  15. Effect of wind and buoyancy on hydrogen release and dispersion in a compartment with vents at multiple levels

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    Prasad, Kuldeep; Pitts, William; Yang, Jiann [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)

    2010-09-15

    The natural and forced mixing and dispersion of hydrogen released in an accidental manner in a partially enclosed compartment with vents at multiple heights is investigated using theoretical tools. The key to the analysis is determination of the position of the neutral buoyancy plane, where the pressure in the compartment is equal to that of the exterior. Air flows in through vents below the position of neutral buoyancy and exits from vents above it. CFD simulations are conducted to confirm the physical phenomena and to compare with the analytical results. The analytical model is useful in understanding the important physical processes involved during hydrogen release and dispersion in a compartment with vents at multiple levels, with and without a steady wind. Parametric studies are conducted to identify the relative importance of various parameters. Model results indicate that the steady-state hydrogen volume fraction in the compartment is lower when the hydrogen release rate is smaller and the vent cross-sectional area is larger. Results also indicate that the fastest way to reduce flammable levels of hydrogen concentration in a compartment can be accomplished by blowing through the vents. (author)

  16. Numerical Investigation of Heat Transfer with Thermal Radiation in an Enclosure in Case of Buoyancy Driven Flow

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    Christoph Hochenauer

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to investigate state of the art approaches and their accuracy to compute heat transfer including radiation inside a closed cavity whereas buoyancy is the only driving force. This research is the first step of an all-embracing study dealing with underhood airflow and thermal management of vehicles. Computational fluid dynamic (CFD simulation results of buoyancy driven flow inside a simplified engine compartment are compared to experimentally gained values. The test rig imitates idle condition without any working fan. Thus, the airflow is only driven by natural convection. A conventional method used for these applications is to compute the convective heat transfer coefficient and air temperature using CFD and calculate the wall temperature separately by performing a thermal analysis. The final solution results from coupling two different software tools. In this paper thermal conditions inside the enclosure are computed by the use of CFD only. The impact of the turbulence model as well as the results of various radiation models are analyzed and compared to the experimental data.

  17. Implementing Nonlinear Buoyancy and Excitation Forces in the WEC-Sim Wave Energy Converter Modeling Tool: Preprint

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    Lawson, M.; Yu, Y. H.; Nelessen, A.; Ruehl, K.; Michelen, C.

    2014-05-01

    Wave energy converters (WECs) are commonly designed and analyzed using numerical models that combine multi-body dynamics with hydrodynamic models based on the Cummins Equation and linearized hydrodynamic coefficients. These modeling methods are attractive design tools because they are computationally inexpensive and do not require the use of high performance computing resources necessitated by high-fidelity methods, such as Navier Stokes computational fluid dynamics. Modeling hydrodynamics using linear coefficients assumes that the device undergoes small motions and that the wetted surface area of the devices is approximately constant. WEC devices, however, are typically designed to undergo large motions in order to maximize power extraction, calling into question the validity of assuming that linear hydrodynamic models accurately capture the relevant fluid-structure interactions. In this paper, we study how calculating buoyancy and Froude-Krylov forces from the instantaneous position of a WEC device (referred to as instantaneous buoyancy and Froude-Krylov forces from herein) changes WEC simulation results compared to simulations that use linear hydrodynamic coefficients. First, we describe the WEC-Sim tool used to perform simulations and how the ability to model instantaneous forces was incorporated into WEC-Sim. We then use a simplified one-body WEC device to validate the model and to demonstrate how accounting for these instantaneously calculated forces affects the accuracy of simulation results, such as device motions, hydrodynamic forces, and power generation.

  18. Calculation of ice clearing resistance using normal vector of hull form and direct calculation of buoyancy force under the hull

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    Park Kyung-Duk

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The ice-resistance estimation technique for icebreaking ships had been studied intensively over recent years to meet the needs of designing Arctic vessels. Before testing in the ice model basin, the estimation of a ship’s ice resistance with high reliability is very important to decide the delivered power necessary for level ice operation. The main idea of previous studies came from several empirical formulas, such as Poznyak and Ionov (1981, Enkvist (1972 and Shimansky (1938 methods, in which ice resistance components such as icebreaking, buoyancy and clearing resistances were represented by the integral equations along the Design Load Water Line (DLWL. The current study pro-poses a few modified methods not only considering the DLWL shape, but also the hull shape under the DLWL. In the proposed methodology, the DLWL shape for icebreaking resistance and the hull shape under the DLWL for buoyancy and clearing resistances can be directly considered in the calculation. Especially, when calculating clearing resistance, the flow pattern of ice particles under the DLWL of ship is assumed to be in accordance with the ice flow observed during ice model testing. This paper also deals with application examples for a few ship designs and its ice model testing programs at the AARC ice model basin. From the comparison of results of the model test and the estimation, the reliability of this estimation technique has been discussed.

  19. Heart Rate Responses to Unaided Orion Side Hatch Egress in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

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    English, Kirk L.; Hwang Emma Y.; Ryder, Jeffrey W.; Kelly, Cody; Walker, Thomas; Ploutz-Snyder, Lori L.

    2016-01-01

    NASA is developing the Orion capsule as a vehicle for transporting crewmembers to and from the International Space Station (ISS) and for future human space exploration missions. Orion and other commercial vehicles are designed to splash down in the ocean where nominally support personnel will assist crewmembers in egressing the vehicle. However, off-nominal scenarios will require crewmembers to egress the vehicle unaided, deploy survival equipment, and ingress a life raft. PURPOSE: To determine the heart rate (HR) responses to unaided Orion side hatch egress and raft ingress as a part of the NASA Crew Survival Engineering Team's evaluation of the PORT Orion mockup in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). METHODS: Nineteen test subjects, including four astronauts (N=19, 14 males/5 females, 38.6+/-8.4 y, 174.4+/-9.6 cm, 75.7+/-13.1 kg), completed a graded maximal test on a cycle ergometer to determine VO2peak and HRpeak and were divided into five crews of four members each; one subject served on two crews. Each crew was required to deploy a life raft, egress the Orion vehicle from the side hatch, and ingress the life raft with two 8 kg emergency packs per crew. Each crew performed this activity one to three times; a total of ten full egresses were completed. Subjects wore a suit that was similar in form, mass, and function to the Modified Advanced Crew Escape Suit (MACES) including helmet, gloves, boots, supplemental O2 bottles, and a CO2-inflated life preserver (approx.18 kg); subjects began each trial seated supine in the PORT Orion mockup with seat belts and mockup O2 and communication connections and ended each trial with all four crewmembers inside the life raft. RESULTS: VO2peak was 40.8+/-6.8 mL/kg/min (3.1+/-0.7 L/min); HRpeak was 181+/-10 bpm. Total egress time across trials was 5.0+/-1.6 min (range: 2.8-8.0 min); all subjects were able to successfully complete all trials. Average maximum HR at activity start, at the hatch opening, in the water, and in the

  20. Large-scale magnetic field in the accretion discs of young stars: the influence of magnetic diffusion, buoyancy and Hall effect

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    Khaibrakhmanov, Sergey A; Parfenov, Sergey Yu; Sobolev, Andrey M

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the fossil magnetic field in the accretion and protoplanetary discs using the Shakura and Sunyaev approach. The distinguishing feature of this study is the accurate solution of the ionization balance equations and the induction equation with Ohmic diffusion, magnetic ambipolar diffusion, buoyancy and the Hall effect. We consider the ionization by cosmic rays, X-rays and radionuclides, radiative recombinations, recombinations onto dust grains, and also thermal ionization. The buoyancy appears as the additional mechanism of magnetic flux escape in the steady-state solution of the induction equation. Calculations show that Ohmic diffusion and magnetic ambipolar diffusion constraint the generation of the magnetic field inside the `dead' zones. The magnetic field in these regions is quasi-vertical. The buoyancy constraints the toroidal magnetic field strength close to the disc inner edge. As a result, the toroidal and vertical magnetic fields become comparable. The Hall effect is important in the re...

  1. Investigation of buoyancy effects on turbulent nonpremixed jet flames by using normal and low-gravity conditions

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    Idicheria, Cherian Alex

    An experimental study was performed with the aim of investigating the structure of transitional and turbulent nonpremixed jet flames under different gravity conditions. In particular, the focus was to determine the effect of buoyancy on the mean and fluctuating characteristics of the jet flames. Experiments were conducted under three gravity levels, viz. 1 g, 20 mg and 100 mug. The milligravity and microgravity conditions were achieved by dropping a jet-flame rig in the UT-Austin 1.25-second and the NASA-Glenn Research Center 2.2-second drop towers, respectively. The principal diagnostics employed were time-resolved, cinematographic imaging of the visible soot luminosity and planar laser Mie scattering (PLMS). For the cinematographic flame luminosity imaging experiments, the flames studied were piloted nonpremixed propane, ethylene and methane jet flames at source Reynolds numbers ranging from 2000 to 10500. From the soot luminosity images, mean and root-mean square (RMS) images were computed, and volume rendering of the image sequences was used to investigate the large-scale structure evolution and flame tip dynamics. The relative importance of buoyancy was quantified with the parameter, xL , as defined by Becker and Yamazaki [1978]. The results show, in contrast to previous microgravity studies, that the high Reynolds number flames have the same flame length irrespective of the gravity level. The RMS fluctuations and volume renderings indicate that the large-scale structure and flame tip dynamics are essentially identical to those of purely momentum driven flames provided xL is approximately less than 2. The volume-renderings show that the luminous structure celerities (normalized by jet exit velocity) are approximately constant for xL 8. The celerity values for xL > 8 are seen to follow a x3/2L scaling, which can be predicted with a simplified momentum equation analysis for the buoyancy-dominated regime. The underlying turbulent structure and mean mixture

  2. Buoyancy-driven mixing of fluids in a confined geometry; Melange gravitationnel de fluides en geometrie confinee

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    Hallez, Y

    2007-12-15

    The present work based on Direct Numerical Simulations is devoted to the study of mixing between two miscible fluids of different densities. The movement of these fluids is induced by buoyancy. Three geometries are considered: a cylindrical tube, a square channel and a plane two-dimensional flow. For cylindrical tubes, the results of numerical simulations fully confirm previous experimental findings by Seon et al., especially regarding the existence of three different flow regimes, depending on the tilt angle. The comparison of the various geometries shows that tridimensional flows in tubes or channels are similar, whereas the two-dimensional model fails to give reliable information about real 3D flows, either from a quantitative point of view or for a phenomenological understanding. A peculiar attention is put on a joint analysis of the concentration and vorticity fields and allows us to explain several subtle aspects of the mixing dynamics. (author)

  3. An accelerated buoyancy adhesion assay combined with 3-D morphometric analysis for assessing osteoblast adhesion on microgrooved substrata.

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    Sobral, J M; Malheiro, V N; Clyne, T W; Harris, J; Rezk, R; O'Neill, W; Markaki, A E

    2016-07-01

    An accelerated negative buoyancy method has been developed to assess cell adhesion strength. This method has been used in conjunction with 3-D morphometric analysis to understand the effects of surface topology on cell response. Aligned micro-grooved surface topographies (with a range of groove depths) were produced on stainless steel 316L substrates by laser ablation. An investigation was carried out on the effect of the micro-grooved surface topography on cell adhesion strength, cell and nucleus volumes, cell phenotypic expression and attachment patterns. Increased hydrophobicity and anisotropic wettability was observed on surfaces with deeper grooves. A reduction was noted in cell volume, projected areas and adhesion sites for deeper grooves, linked to lower cell proliferation and differentiation rates and also to reduced adhesion strength. The results suggest that the centrifugation assay combined with three-dimensional cell morphometric analysis has considerable potential for obtaining improved understanding of the cell/substrate interface. PMID:26773651

  4. Effects of vehicle station-keeping and end-effector disturbance compensation on neutral-buoyancy teleoperation

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    Valdez, Michael S.

    1993-12-01

    Experiments were conducted with a neutral-buoyancy robot to test whether vehicle station keeping and end effector disturbance compensation significantly affect human teleoperation performance. The vehicle used for experiments, called the Submersible for Telerobotic Astronautical Research (STAR) is a free-flying underwater telerobot equipped with a three degree of freedom arm, a stereo pan/tilt camera platform, and a vision-based navigation system. Using visual feedback from a fixed onboard camera, test subject performed a Fitts- type tapping task with the arm while the vision navigator and control system held the vehicle steady relative to a visual reference target. This paper describes the testbed vehicle, experiments, data analysis, and conclusions.

  5. Computer-Supported Collaborative Inquiry on Buoyancy: A Discourse Analysis Supporting the "Pieces" Position on Conceptual Change

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    Turcotte, Sandrine

    2012-12-01

    This article describes in detail a conversation analysis of conceptual change in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment. Conceptual change is an essential learning process in science education that has yet to be fully understood. While many models and theories have been developed over the last three decades, empirical data to support them are scarce. The present paper aims to provide such evidence. To this end, the article first reviews seven proposed models of conceptual change before it recalls the main ideas behind the two different positions on conceptual change, the pieces (diSessa 2008) versus coherence (Vosniadou et al. 2008) positions. Then, the article presents and discusses how a close discourse analysis of asynchronous collaborative conversations between grade 5 and 6 students on buoyancy and relative density provides further empirical evidence of the knowledge in pieces position.

  6. Role of magnetic field strength and numerical resolution in simulations of the heat-flux driven buoyancy instability

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    Avara, Mark J; Bogdanović, Tamara

    2013-01-01

    The role played by magnetic fields in the intracluster medium (ICM) of galaxy clusters is complex. The weakly collisional nature of the ICM leads to thermal conduction that is channelled along field lines. This anisotropic heat conduction profoundly changes the stability of the ICM atmosphere, with convective stabilities being driven by temperature gradients of either sign. Here, we employ the Athena magnetohydrodynamic code to investigate the local non-linear behavior of the heat-flux driven buoyancy instability (HBI), relevant in the cores of cooling-core clusters where the temperature increases with radius. We study a grid of 2-d simulations that span a large range of initial magnetic field strengths and numerical resolutions. For very weak initial fields, we recover the previously known result that the HBI wraps the field in the horizontal direction thereby shutting off the heat flux. However, we find that simulations which begin with intermediate initial field strengths have a qualitatively different beh...

  7. Weakly nonlinear model with exact coefficients for the fluttering and spiraling motion of buoyancy-driven bodies.

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    Tchoufag, Joël; Fabre, David; Magnaudet, Jacques

    2015-09-11

    Gravity- or buoyancy-driven bodies moving in a slightly viscous fluid frequently follow fluttering or helical paths. Current models of such systems are largely empirical and fail to predict several of the key features of their evolution, especially close to the onset of path instability. Here, using a weakly nonlinear expansion of the full set of governing equations, we present a new generic reduced-order model based on a pair of amplitude equations with exact coefficients that drive the evolution of the first pair of unstable modes. We show that the predictions of this model for the style (e.g., fluttering or spiraling) and characteristics (e.g., frequency and maximum inclination angle) of path oscillations compare well with various recent data for both solid disks and air bubbles. PMID:26406832

  8. Incidence and reflection of internal waves and wave-induced currents at a jump in buoyancy frequency

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    McHugh, J. P.

    2015-05-01

    Weakly nonlinear internal gravity waves are treated in a two-layer fluid with a set of nonlinear Schrodinger equations. The layers have a sharp interface with a jump in buoyancy frequency approximately modeling the tropopause. The waves are periodic in the horizontal but modulated in the vertical and Boussinesq flow is assumed. The equation governing the incident wave packet is directly coupled to the equation for the reflected packet, while the equation governing transmitted waves is only coupled at the interface. Solutions are obtained numerically. The results indicate that the waves create a mean flow that is strong near and underneath the interface, and discontinuous at the interface. Furthermore, the mean flow has an oscillatory component that can contaminate the wave envelope and has a vertical wavelength that decreases as the wave packet interacts with the interface.

  9. Buoyancy-driven inflow to a relic cold core: the gas belt in radio galaxy 3C 386

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    Duffy, R T; Birkinshaw, M; Kraft, R P

    2016-01-01

    We report measurements from an XMM-Newton observation of the low-excitation radio galaxy 3C 386. The study focusses on an X-ray-emitting gas belt, which lies between and orthogonal to the radio lobes of 3C 386 and has a mean temperature of $0.94\\pm0.05$ keV, cooler than the extended group atmosphere. The gas in the belt shows temperature structure with material closer to the surrounding medium being hotter than gas closer to the host galaxy. We suggest that this gas belt involves a `buoyancy-driven inflow' of part of the group-gas atmosphere where the buoyant rise of the radio lobes through the ambient medium has directed an inflow towards the relic cold core of the group. Inverse-Compton emission from the radio lobes is detected at a level consistent with a slight suppression of the magnetic field below the equipartition value.

  10. Buoyancy-Driven Radiative Unsteady Magnetohydrodynamic Heat Transfer over a Stretching Sheet with non-Uniform Heat Source/sink

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    Dulal Pal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study an unsteady mixed convection boundary layer flow of an electrically conduct- ing fluid over an stretching permeable sheet in the presence of transverse magnetic field, thermal radiation and non-uniform heat source/sink effects is investigated. The unsteadiness in the flow and temperature fields is due to the time-dependent nature of the stretching velocity and the surface temperature. Both opposing and assisting flows are considered. The dimensionless governing or- dinary non-linear differential equations are solved numerically by applying shooting method using Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg method. The effects of unsteadiness parameter, buoyancy parameter, thermal radiation, Eckert number, Prandtl number and non-uniform heat source/sink parameter on the flow and heat transfer characteristics are thoroughly examined. Comparisons of the present results with previously published results for the steady case are found to be excellent.

  11. Buoyancy-driven inflow to a relic cold core: the gas belt in radio galaxy 3C 386

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    Duffy, R. T.; Worrall, D. M.; Birkinshaw, M.; Kraft, R. P.

    2016-07-01

    We report measurements from an XMM-Newton observation of the low-excitation radio galaxy 3C 386. The study focusses on an X-ray-emitting gas belt, which lies between and orthogonal to the radio lobes of 3C 386 and has a mean temperature of 0.94 ± 0.05 keV, cooler than the extended group atmosphere. The gas in the belt shows temperature structure with material closer to the surrounding medium being hotter than gas closer to the host galaxy. We suggest that this gas belt involves a `buoyancy-driven inflow' of part of the group-gas atmosphere where the buoyant rise of the radio lobes through the ambient medium has directed an inflow towards the relic cold core of the group. Inverse-Compton emission from the radio lobes is detected at a level consistent with a slight suppression of the magnetic field below the equipartition value.

  12. DNS of buoyancy-driven flows and Lagrangian particle tracking in a square cavity at high Rayleigh numbers

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    Highlights: → 2D study of micro-size particle depletion driven by chaotic natural convective flows in square domains. → Description of velocity and temperature first and second moments with changing in the Rayleigh number. → Strong decoupling between the turbulent kinetic energy and the dissipation rate. → Particle recirculation sustained by the vertical hot boundary layer. → Deposition mostly induced by gravity, thermophoretic and lift forces are negligible. - Abstract: In this work we investigate numerically particle deposition in the buoyancy driven flow of the differentially heated cavity (DHC). We consider two values of the Rayleigh number (Ra = 109, 1010) and three values of the particle diameter (dp = 15, 25, 35 [μm]). We consider the cavity filled with air and particles with the same density of water ρw = 1000 [kg/m3] (aerosol). We use direct numerical simulations (DNS) for the continuous phase, and we solve transient Navier-Stokes and energy transport equations written in an Eulerian framework, under the Boussinesq approximation, for the viscous incompressible Newtonian fluid with constant Prandtl number (Pr = 0.71). First- and second-order statistics are presented for the continuous phase as well as important quantities like turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) and temperature variance with the associated production and dissipation fields. The TKE production shows different behaviour at the two Rayleigh numbers. The Lagrangian approach has been chosen for the dispersed phase description. The forces taken into account are drag, gravity, buoyancy, lift and thermophoresis. A first incursion in the sedimentation mechanisms is presented. Current results indicate that the largest contribution to particle deposition is caused by gravitational settling, but a strong recirculating zone, which liftoffs and segregates particles, contributes to decrease settling. Deposition takes place mostly at the bottom wall. The influence of lift and thermophoretic forces

  13. Regulation of biofilm formation and cellular buoyancy through modulating intracellular cyclic di-GMP levels in engineered cyanobacteria.

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    Agostoni, Marco; Waters, Christopher M; Montgomery, Beronda L

    2016-02-01

    The second messenger cyclic dimeric (3'→5') GMP (cyclic di-GMP or c-di-GMP) has been implicated in the transition between motile and sessile lifestyles in bacteria. In this study, we demonstrate that biofilm formation, cellular aggregation or flocculation, and cellular buoyancy are under the control of c-di-GMP in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 (Synechocystis) and Fremyella diplosiphon. Synechocystis is a unicellular cyanobacterium and displays lower levels of c-di-GMP; F. diplosiphon is filamentous and displays higher intracellular c-di-GMP levels. We transformed Synechocystis and F. diplosiphon with a plasmid for constitutive expression of genes encoding diguanylate cylase (DGC) and phosphodiesterase (PDE) proteins from Vibrio cholerae or Escherichia coli, respectively. These engineered strains allowed us to modulate intracellular c-di-GMP levels. Biofilm formation and cellular deposition were induced in the DGC-expressing Synechocystis strain which exhibited high intracellular levels of c-di-GMP; whereas strains expressing PDE in Synechocystis and F. diplosiphon to drive low intracellular levels of c-di-GMP exhibited enhanced cellular buoyancy. In addition, the PDE-expressing F. diplosiphon strain showed elevated chlorophyll levels. These results imply roles for coordinating c-di-GMP homeostasis in regulating native cyanobacterial phenotypes. Engineering exogenous DGC or PDE proteins to regulate intracellular c-di-GMP levels represents an effective tool for uncovering cryptic phenotypes or modulating phenotypes in cyanobacteria for practical applications in biotechnology applicable in photobioreactors and in green biotechnologies, such as energy-efficient harvesting of cellular biomass or the treatment of metal-containing wastewaters. PMID:26192200

  14. DNS of buoyancy-driven flows and Lagrangian particle tracking in a square cavity at high Rayleigh numbers

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    Puragliesi, R., E-mail: riccardo.puragliesi@psi.ch [Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Laboratoire d' Ingenierie Numerique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Station 9, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Dehbi, A., E-mail: abdel.dehbi@psi.ch [Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Leriche, E., E-mail: emmanuel.leriche@univ-st-etienne.fr [Universite de Lyon, F-42023 Saint-Etienne, LMFA-UJM St-Etienne, CNRS UMR 5509 Universite de St-Etienne, 23 rue Docteur Paul Michelon, F-42023 Saint-Etienne (France); Soldati, A., E-mail: soldati@uniud.it [Dipartimento di Energetica e Macchine, Universita di Udine, Via delle Scienze 208, IT-33100 Udine (Italy); Deville, M.O., E-mail: michel.deville@epfl.ch [Laboratoire d' Ingenierie Numerique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Station 9, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2011-10-15

    Highlights: > 2D study of micro-size particle depletion driven by chaotic natural convective flows in square domains. > Description of velocity and temperature first and second moments with changing in the Rayleigh number. > Strong decoupling between the turbulent kinetic energy and the dissipation rate. > Particle recirculation sustained by the vertical hot boundary layer. > Deposition mostly induced by gravity, thermophoretic and lift forces are negligible. - Abstract: In this work we investigate numerically particle deposition in the buoyancy driven flow of the differentially heated cavity (DHC). We consider two values of the Rayleigh number (Ra = 10{sup 9}, 10{sup 10}) and three values of the particle diameter (d{sub p} = 15, 25, 35 [{mu}m]). We consider the cavity filled with air and particles with the same density of water {rho}{sub w} = 1000 [kg/m{sup 3}] (aerosol). We use direct numerical simulations (DNS) for the continuous phase, and we solve transient Navier-Stokes and energy transport equations written in an Eulerian framework, under the Boussinesq approximation, for the viscous incompressible Newtonian fluid with constant Prandtl number (Pr = 0.71). First- and second-order statistics are presented for the continuous phase as well as important quantities like turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) and temperature variance with the associated production and dissipation fields. The TKE production shows different behaviour at the two Rayleigh numbers. The Lagrangian approach has been chosen for the dispersed phase description. The forces taken into account are drag, gravity, buoyancy, lift and thermophoresis. A first incursion in the sedimentation mechanisms is presented. Current results indicate that the largest contribution to particle deposition is caused by gravitational settling, but a strong recirculating zone, which liftoffs and segregates particles, contributes to decrease settling. Deposition takes place mostly at the bottom wall. The influence of lift

  15. Rotating twisted filaments buoyancy: comparison between the convective region of the sun and the edge of a tokamak plasma

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    Alladio, F; Mancuso, A; Micozzi, P [Associazione Euratom-ENEA sulla Fusione, CP 65 Frascati, Roma (Italy)], E-mail: alladio@frascati.enea.it

    2008-12-15

    The filament state of a magnetic field is the usual way for plasmas to avoid magnetic inhibition of convective overturning. However, it requires dynamo conversion of kinetic into magnetic energy and is therefore often associated with a plasma velocity shear layer. In the sun, isolated current carrying magnetic filaments (twisted flux tubes) are produced by the solar dynamo from a continuous strong toroidal field, sitting just below the radiative-convective transition, on the Sun rotation shear layer (tachocline, r{sub Tach} {approx} 2 {center_dot} R{sub o-dot}/3 in terms of the solar radius, R{sub o-dot}). The twisted flux tubes, become buoyant; some of them fall back into the tachocline adding up to the continuous toroidal field; some emerge from the photosphere kinked and twisted, reconnect and produce flares. In the mode of high magnetic confinement (H-mode), when a magnetic separatrix bounds the axisymmetric tokamak discharge and a sheared plasma rotation is present, magnetic filaments with concentrated internal currents (edge localized modes) are produced near the velocity shear layer (pressure pedestal, at r{sub Ped} {>=} 0.94a{sub Sep} in terms of the minor radius of the plasma boundary, a{sub Sep}): again a dynamo conversion of kinetic into magnetic energy is required in order to filament the current density at the pedestal. The current carrying filaments break the unperturbed axisymmetric tokamak equilibrium, producing ergodicity in the edge plasma. The faster loss of energy from the ergodic plasma makes the rotating magnetic filaments outboards anti-buoyant: therefore they convect outboards from the pedestal. The anti-buoyancy and motion model for the tokamak case is compared with the buoyancy model for the Sun.

  16. Buoyancy Effect of Ionic Vacancy on the Change of the Partial Molar Volume in Ferricyanide-Ferrocyanide Redox Reaction under a Vertical Gravity Field

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    Yoshinobu Oshikiri

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available With a gravity electrode (GE in a vertical gravity field, the buoyancy effect of ionic vacancy on the change of the partial molar volume in the redox reaction between ferricyanide (FERRI and ferrocyanide (FERRO ions was examined. The buoyancy force of ionic vacancy takes a positive or negative value, depending on whether the rate-determining step is the production or extinction of the vacancy. Though the upward convection over an upward electrode in the FERRO ion oxidation suggests the contribution of the positive buoyancy force arising from the vacancy production, the partial molar volume of the vacancy was not measured. On the other hand, for the downward convection under a downward electrode in the FERRI ion reduction, it was not completely but partly measured by the contribution of the negative buoyancy force from the vacancy extinction. Since the lifetime of the vacancy is decreased by the collision between ionic vacancies during the convection, the former result was ascribed to the shortened lifetime due to the increasing collision efficiency in the enhanced upward convection over an upward electrode, whereas the latter was thought to arise from the elongated lifetime due to the decreasing collision efficiency by the stagnation under the downward electrode.

  17. Effect of Buoyancy on Sealing Characteristics of Rim Seal%浮升力对盘缘篦齿封严性能的影响

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    董伟林; 王锁芳; 夏子龙

    2015-01-01

    The effect of buoyancy on sealing performance of rim seal was analyzed by using numerical method to simu⁃late the quasi three⁃dimensional rim seal, based upon the Boussinesq approximation�The temperature and velocity fields were analyzed, and flow and heat transfer characteristics of sub⁃pass were discussed� The results show that the buoyancy caused by gravity almost has no effect on leakage, while the buoyancy caused by centrifugal force has driving action in ra⁃dial direction on surface flow of rotating parts, which increases the flow resistance in sub⁃pass, and sealing performance of the rim seal is getting better� Under the condition of thermal boundary, the effect of buoyancy caused by centrifugal force on leakage coefficient is related to Grashof number� Effect of buoyancy caused by centrifugal force on the sealing perform⁃ance of rim seal is increased along with the increasing of wall temperature and rotational speed� Along with the increasing of axial⁃clearance, the leakage coefficient is increased, and the effect of buoyancy caused by centrifugal force on the leak⁃age coefficient is decreased.%基于Boussinesq近似,对准三维盘缘篦齿进行数值模拟,求解温度场和速度场,研究次流通道流体的流动和换热特性,分析浮升力对盘缘篦齿封严性能的影响。结果表明:重力场引起的浮升力对封严效果基本无影响,而离心浮升力对旋转件附面层流体有一个径向的驱动作用,使得次流通道流动阻力增大,篦齿封严性能变好;在有热边界的情况下,离心浮升力对泄漏系数的影响与次流格拉晓夫数有关;随着壁温和转速的增加,离心浮升力对于提高封严篦齿性能的作用增大;随着轴向间隙的增大,泄漏系数增大,且离心浮升力降低篦齿泄漏系数的作用随轴向间隙的增大而减小。

  18. Importance of initial buoyancy field on evolution of mantle thermal structure:Implications of surface boundary conditions

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    Petar Glisovic; Alessandro M. Forte

    2015-01-01

    Although there has been significant progress in the seismic imaging of mantle heterogeneity, the outstanding issue that remains to be resolved is the unknown distribution of mantle temperature anomalies in the distant geological past that give rise to the present-day anomalies inferred by global tomography models. To address this question, we present 3-D convection models in compressible and self-gravitating mantle initialised by different hypothetical temperature patterns. A notable feature of our forward convection modelling is the use of self-consistent coupling of the motion of surface tectonic plates to the underlying mantle flow, without imposing prescribed surface velocities (i.e., plate-like boundary condition). As an approximation for the surface mechanical conditions before plate tectonics began to operate we employ the no-slip (rigid) boundary condition. A rigid boundary condition dem-onstrates that the initial thermally-dominated structure is preserved, and its geographical location is fixed during the evolution of mantle flow. Considering the impact of different assumed surface boundary conditions (rigid and plate-like) on the evolution of thermal heterogeneity in the mantle we suggest that the intrinsic buoyancy of seven superplumes is most-likely resolved in the tomographic images of present-day mantle thermal structure. Our convection simulations with a plate-like boundary condition reveal that the evolution of an initial cold anomaly beneath the Java-Indonesian trench system yields a long-term, stable pattern of thermal heterogeneity in the lowermost mantle that resembles the present-day Large Low Shear Velocity Provinces (LLSVPs), especially below the Pacific. The evolution of sub-duction zones may be, however, influenced by the mantle-wide flow driven by deeply-rooted and long-lived superplumes since Archean times. These convection models also detect the intrinsic buoyancy of the Perm Anomaly that has been identified as a unique slow feature

  19. Coexisting contraction-extension consistent with buoyancy of the crust and upper mantle in North-Central Italy

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    Aoudia, A; Ismail-Zadeh, A T; Panza, G F; Pontevivo, A

    2002-01-01

    The juxtaposed contraction and extension observed in the crust of the Italian Apennines and elsewhere has, for a long time, attracted the attention of geoscientists and is a long-standing enigmatic feature. Several models, invoking mainly external forces, have been put forward to explain the close association of these two end-member deformation mechanisms clearly observed by geophysical and geological investigations. These models appeal to interactions along plate margins or at the base of the lithosphere such as back-arc extension or shear tractions from mantle flow or to subduction processes such as slab roll back, retreat or pull and detachment. We present here a revisited crust and upper mantle model that supports delamination processes beneath North-Central Italy and provides a new background for the genesis and age of the recent magmatism in Tuscany. Although external forces must have been important in the building up of the Apennines, we show that internal buoyancy forces solely can explain the coexist...

  20. Dynamic pore network simulator for modelling buoyancy-driven migration during depressurisation of heavy-oil systems

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    Ezeuko, C.C.; McDougall, S.R. [Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh (United Kingdom); Bondino, I. [Total E and P UK Ltd., London (United Kingdom); Hamon, G. [Total S.A., Paris (France)

    2008-10-15

    In an attempt to investigate the impact of gravitational forces on gas evolution during solution gas drive, a number of vertically-oriented heavy oil depletion experiments have been conducted. Some of the results of these studies suggest the occurrence of gas migration during these tests. However, a major limitation of these experiments is the difficulty in visualizing the process in reservoir rock samples. Experimental observations using transparent glass models have been useful in this context and provide a sound physical basis for modelling gravitational gas migration in gas-oil systems. This paper presented a new pore network simulator that was capable of modelling the time-dependent migration of growing gas structures. Multiple pore filling events were dynamically modelled with interface tracking allowing the full range of migratory behaviours to be reproduced, including braided migration and discontinuous dispersed flow. Simulation results were compared with experiments and were found to be in excellent agreement. The paper presented the model and discussed the implication of evolution regime on recovery from heavy oil systems undergoing depressurization. The simulation results demonstrated the complex interaction of a number of network and fluid parameters. It was concluded that the concomitant effect on the competition between capillarity and buoyancy produced different gas evolution patterns during pressure depletion. 28 refs., 2 tabs., 19 figs.

  1. Numerical Study of Buoyancy Convection of Air under Permanent Magnetic Field and Comparison with That under Gravity Field

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    Kewei Song

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetothermal free convection of air in a square enclosure under a nonuniform magnetic field provided by a permanent neodymium-iron-boron magnet is numerically studied. The natural convection under the gravity field alone is also studied for comparison. The physical fields of magnetizing force, velocity, and temperature as well as the local distribution characteristic of Nusselt number are all presented in this paper. The results show that the buoyancy convection of air in the square enclosure under magnetic field is quite different from that under the gravity field. The local value of Nusselt number under the magnetic field supplied by a permanent magnet with a residual magnetic flux density of about 4.5 Tesla can reach a high value of about three times larger than the maximum local value of Nusselt number under the gravity field. Relatively uniform distributions of temperature gradient and Nusselt number can be obtained along the cold wall of the enclosure under the magnetic field. A permanent magnet with high magnetic energy product with Br reaching to 3.5 Tesla can play a comparative role on the averaged Nusselt number compared with that under the gravity environment.

  2. Floating modular drug delivery systems with buoyancy independent of release mechanisms to sustain amoxicillin and clarithromycin intra-gastric concentrations.

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    Rossi, Alessandra; Conti, Chiara; Colombo, Gaia; Castrati, Luca; Scarpignato, Carmelo; Barata, Pedro; Sandri, Giuseppina; Caramella, Carla; Bettini, Ruggero; Buttini, Francesca; Colombo, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    Release modules of amoxicillin and clarithromycin combined in a single dosage form designed to float in the gastric content and to sustain the intra-gastric concentrations of these two antibiotics used for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori have been studied. The modules having a disc shape with curved bases were formulated as hydrophilic matrices. Two modules of clarithromycin were assembled by sticking the concave base of one module to the concave base of the other, creating an internal void chamber. The final dosage form was a floating assembly of three modules of clarithromycin and two of amoxicillin in which the drug release mechanism did not interfere with the floatation mechanism. The assembled system showed immediate in vitro floatation at pH 1.2, lasting 5 h. The in vitro antibiotics release profiles from individual modules and assembled systems exhibited linear release rate during buoyancy for at least 8 h. The predicted antibiotic concentrations in the stomach maintained for long time levels significantly higher than the respective minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC). In addition, an in vivo absorption study performed on beagle dogs confirmed the slow release of clarithromycin and amoxicillin from the assembled system during the assembly's permanence in the stomach for at least 4 h. PMID:26065531

  3. Observations of Waves with Observed Periods less than the Buoyancy Period in the Winter Polar Mesopause Region

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    Williams, B. P.; Fritts, D. C.

    2009-12-01

    The sodium wind-temperature lidar at the ALOMAR observatory (69N,16E) can measure the sodium density from 85-100km altitude with 150m height and 15 sec time resolution during winter under good conditions. Radial winds and temperatures can be measured with 1-2 m/s and 1-2 K error after averaging to 1 min in time and 1-2 km in altitude. This allows determination of the short period wave spectrum down to 30sec in Na density and 2min in wind and temperature. Preliminary analysis shows a number of oscillations with observed periods that are less than the buoyancy period. We have also observed an oscillation in the height of a strong summertime sodium sporadic layer with 500m amplitude and 45sec period. We will show the short period spectrum for the full high-resolution database and investigate the sources of these oscillations. Some possibilities include Doppler shifting of the intrinsic frequencies, acoustic waves, or advection of horizontal gradients through our lidar beam.

  4. ROLE OF MAGNETIC FIELD STRENGTH AND NUMERICAL RESOLUTION IN SIMULATIONS OF THE HEAT-FLUX-DRIVEN BUOYANCY INSTABILITY

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    Avara, Mark J.; Reynolds, Christopher S. [Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740 (United States); Bogdanovic, Tamara, E-mail: mavara@astro.umd.edu, E-mail: chris@astro.umd.edu, E-mail: tamarab@gatech.edu [Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, School of Physics, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332 (United States)

    2013-08-20

    The role played by magnetic fields in the intracluster medium (ICM) of galaxy clusters is complex. The weakly collisional nature of the ICM leads to thermal conduction that is channeled along field lines. This anisotropic heat conduction profoundly changes the instabilities of the ICM atmosphere, with convective stabilities being driven by temperature gradients of either sign. Here, we employ the Athena magnetohydrodynamic code to investigate the local non-linear behavior of the heat-flux-driven buoyancy instability (HBI) relevant in the cores of cooling-core clusters where the temperature increases with radius. We study a grid of two-dimensional simulations that span a large range of initial magnetic field strengths and numerical resolutions. For very weak initial fields, we recover the previously known result that the HBI wraps the field in the horizontal direction, thereby shutting off the heat flux. However, we find that simulations that begin with intermediate initial field strengths have a qualitatively different behavior, forming HBI-stable filaments that resist field-line wrapping and enable sustained vertical conductive heat flux at a level of 10%-25% of the Spitzer value. While astrophysical conclusions regarding the role of conduction in cooling cores require detailed global models, our local study proves that systems dominated by the HBI do not necessarily quench the conductive heat flux.

  5. Role of Magnetic Field Strength and Numerical Resolution in Simulations of the Heat-flux-driven Buoyancy Instability

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    Avara, Mark J.; Reynolds, Christopher S.; Bogdanović, Tamara

    2013-08-01

    The role played by magnetic fields in the intracluster medium (ICM) of galaxy clusters is complex. The weakly collisional nature of the ICM leads to thermal conduction that is channeled along field lines. This anisotropic heat conduction profoundly changes the instabilities of the ICM atmosphere, with convective stabilities being driven by temperature gradients of either sign. Here, we employ the Athena magnetohydrodynamic code to investigate the local non-linear behavior of the heat-flux-driven buoyancy instability (HBI) relevant in the cores of cooling-core clusters where the temperature increases with radius. We study a grid of two-dimensional simulations that span a large range of initial magnetic field strengths and numerical resolutions. For very weak initial fields, we recover the previously known result that the HBI wraps the field in the horizontal direction, thereby shutting off the heat flux. However, we find that simulations that begin with intermediate initial field strengths have a qualitatively different behavior, forming HBI-stable filaments that resist field-line wrapping and enable sustained vertical conductive heat flux at a level of 10%-25% of the Spitzer value. While astrophysical conclusions regarding the role of conduction in cooling cores require detailed global models, our local study proves that systems dominated by the HBI do not necessarily quench the conductive heat flux.

  6. The buoyancy-driven motion of a single skirted bubble or drop rising through a viscous liquid

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    Ohta, Mitsuhiro; Sussman, Mark

    2012-11-01

    The buoyancy-driven motion of a single skirted bubble or drop rising through a viscous liquid is computationally explored by way of 3d-axisymmetric computations. The Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible two-fluid flow are solved numerically in which the coupled level-set and volume-of-fluid method is used to simulate the deforming bubble/drop boundary and the interface jump conditions on the deforming boundary are enforced through a sharp interface numerical treatment. Dynamic, block structured adaptive grid refinement is employed in order to sufficiently resolve the thin skirts. Results on the sensitivity of the thickness of trailing bubble/drop skirts to the density ratio and viscosity ratio are reported. It is shown that both the density ratio (not the density difference) and the viscosity ratio effect the skirt thickness. Previous theory for predicting skirt thickness can be refined as a result of our calculations. It is also discovered that the formation of thin skirts for bubbles and drops have little effect on the rise velocity. In other words, the measured Re number for cases without skirt formation have almost the same values for Re as cases with a thin skirt.

  7. Coexisting contraction-extension consistent with buoyancy of the crust and upper mantle in North-Central Italy

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    The juxtaposed contraction and extension observed in the crust of the Italian Apennines and elsewhere has, for a long time, attracted the attention of geoscientists and is a long-standing enigmatic feature. Several models, invoking mainly external forces, have been put forward to explain the close association of these two end-member deformation mechanisms clearly observed by geophysical and geological investigations. These models appeal to interactions along plate margins or at the base of the lithosphere such as back-arc extension or shear tractions from mantle flow or to subduction processes such as slab roll back, retreat or pull and detachment. We present here a revisited crust and upper mantle model that supports delamination processes beneath North-Central Italy and provides a new background for the genesis and age of the recent magmatism in Tuscany. Although external forces must have been important in the building up of the Apennines, we show that internal buoyancy forces solely can explain the coexisting regional contraction and extension. (author)

  8. CFD Study on Inter-Action and Heat Transfer between Non-Isothermal Airflow of Momentum Source and Plume of Buoyancy Force in an Air-Conditioned Space

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    Wuwei Cao

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents indoor airflow and thermal environment which is formed by a cooling jet and a local heat source in a ventilated room. To illustrate the effects of the combined the plume and the jet-flow, a series of simulated values with different calculated conditions such as different buoyancy flux are analysed by Fluent simulation software. This paper presents an index θ to describe the physical phenomenon by the thermal interaction between the cold jetflow and the plume. It is concluded that if the heat source is increasing considerably, the buoyancy source will be a leading factor of the indoor thermal field, though its initial momentum is considered to be zero.

  9. Thermal Radiation and Buoyancy Effects on Heat and Mass Transfer over a Semi-Infinite Stretching Surface with Suction and Blowing

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    S. Shateyi

    2008-01-01

    This study sought to investigate thermal radiation and buoyancy effects on heat and mass transfer over a semi-infinite stretching surface with suction and blowing. Appropriate transformations were employed to transform the governing differential equations to nonsimilar form. The transformed equations were solved numerically by an efficient implicit, iterative finite-difference scheme. A parametric study illustrating the influence of wall suction or injection, radiation, Schmidt number and ...

  10. Thermo capillary and buoyancy convection in a fluid locally heated on its free surface; Convection thermocapillaire et thermogravitaire dans un fluide chauffe localement sur sa surface libre

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    Favre, E.

    1997-09-26

    coupled buoyancy and thermo-capillary convection lead to a convective motion of the interface liquid/gas which drastically changes the heat and mass transfer across the liquid layer. Two experiments were considered, depending on the fluid: oil or mercury. The liquid is set in a cooled cylindrical vessel, and heated by a heat flux across the center of the free surface. The basic flow, in the case of oil, is a torus. When the heat parameter increases, a stationary flow appears as petals or rays when the aspect ratio. The lateral confinement selects the azimuthal wavelength. In the case of petals-like flow, a sub-critical Hopf bifurcation is underlined. The turbulence is found to be `weak`, even for the largest values of the Marangoni number (Ma = 1.3 10{sup 5}). In the case of mercury, the thermo-capillary effect is reduced to zero to impurities at the surface which have special trajectories we describe and compare to a simpler experiment. Only the buoyancy forces induce a unstationary, weakly turbulent flow as soon as the heating power exceeds 4W (Ra = 4.5 10{sup 3}, calculated with h = 1 mm). The past part concerns the analysis of the effect on the flow of the boundary conditions, the geometry, the Prandtl number and the buoyancy force with the help of the literature. Results concerning heat transfer, in particular the exponent of the law Nusselt number vs. heating power, were compared with available data. (author) 115 refs.

  11. An Integrated Capillary, Buoyancy, and Viscous-Driven Model for Brine/CO2Relative Permeability in a Compositional and Parallel Reservoir Simulator

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    Kong, X.

    2012-11-03

    The effectiveness of CO2 storage in the saline aquifers is governed by the interplay of capillary, viscous, and buoyancy forces. Recent experimental study reveals the impact of pressure, temperature, and salinity on interfacial tension (IFT) between CO2 and brine. The dependence of CO2-brine relative permeability and capillary pressure on pressure (IFT) is also clearly evident in published experimental results. Improved understanding of the mechanisms that control the migration and trapping of CO2 in subsurface is crucial to design future storage projects that warrant long-term and safe containment. Simulation studies ignoring the buoyancy and also variation in interfacial tension and the effect on the petrophysical properties such as trapped CO2 saturations, relative permeability, and capillary pressure have a poor chance of making accurate predictions of CO2 injectivity and plume migration. We have developed and implemented a general relative permeability model that combines effects of pressure gradient, buoyancy, and IFT in an equation of state (EOS) compositional and parallel simulator. The significance of IFT variations on CO2 migration and trapping is assessed.

  12. Experimental study of the effects of flow acceleration and buoyancy on heat transfer in a supercritical fluid flow in a circular tube

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    Kim, Dong Eok [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, San 31, Hyoja-dong, Namgu, Pohang, Kyungbuk 790-784 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Moo Hwan, E-mail: mhkim@postech.ac.k [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, San 31, Hyoja-dong, Namgu, Pohang, Kyungbuk 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    Experiments on turbulent heat transfer by supercritical CO{sub 2} in a vertical upward flow were conducted in a tube with an inner diameter of 4.5 mm. The experiments were performed for bulk fluid temperatures ranging from 29 to 115 {sup o}C, pressures ranging from 74.6 to 102.6 bar, local wall heat fluxes ranging from 38 to 234 kW/m{sup 2}, and mass fluxes ranging from 208 to 874 kg/m{sup 2} s. The wall temperature distributions were significantly influenced by wall heat flux and mass flux. The wall temperature had a noticeable peak value when the wall heat flux was moderate and the mass flux was low. To determine the buoyancy and flow acceleration effects on heat-transfer characteristics, the ratios of the Nusselt numbers obtained from the experimental data and from a reference correlation are compared with Bo* and q{sup +} along the test section. To analyze the changes in the shear stress distribution due to flow acceleration and buoyancy effects, the ratios of the shear stress reduction to wall shear stress due to flow acceleration and buoyancy effects are derived from approximate considerations. A new heat-transfer correlation is proposed, which could be used to predict heat transfer phenomena in a vertical upward flow of a supercritical fluid. The correlation is assessed by comparison with various experimental data.

  13. To Float or Not to Float: How Interactions between Light and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Species Determine the Buoyancy of Stratiotes aloides.

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    Sarah F Harpenslager

    Full Text Available Structural diversity formed by dense, floating Stratiotes aloides stands, generates hotspots of biodiversity of flora and fauna in wetlands. However, only part of the populations become emergent and provide this important facilitation. Since it has been hypothesised that its buoyancy depends on the rates of underwater photosynthesis, we investigated the role of dissolved CO2 availability and PAR on photosynthesis, biomass production and buoyancy in a controlled greenhouse experiment. Photosynthesis and growth were strongly influenced by both PAR and CO2 availability. At low PAR, plants formed less biomass and produced no emergent leaves, even when CO2 was abundant. At low CO2 levels, S. aloides switched to HCO3- use, resulting in a lower photosynthetic O2 production, decreased emergent leaf formation and increased CaCO3 precipitation on its leaves, all of which impaired buoyancy. At high PAR, low CO2 availability resulted in slower colonisation of the water layer, whereas CO2 availability did not influence PAR-limited plants. Our study shows that site conditions, rather than the sole abundance of potentially facilitating species, may strongly determine whether or not they form the structure necessary to act as a facilitator for biodiversity in aquatic environments.

  14. To Float or Not to Float: How Interactions between Light and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Species Determine the Buoyancy of Stratiotes aloides.

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    Harpenslager, Sarah F; Smolders, Alfons J P; Kieskamp, Ariët A M; Roelofs, Jan G M; Lamers, Leon P M

    2015-01-01

    Structural diversity formed by dense, floating Stratiotes aloides stands, generates hotspots of biodiversity of flora and fauna in wetlands. However, only part of the populations become emergent and provide this important facilitation. Since it has been hypothesised that its buoyancy depends on the rates of underwater photosynthesis, we investigated the role of dissolved CO2 availability and PAR on photosynthesis, biomass production and buoyancy in a controlled greenhouse experiment. Photosynthesis and growth were strongly influenced by both PAR and CO2 availability. At low PAR, plants formed less biomass and produced no emergent leaves, even when CO2 was abundant. At low CO2 levels, S. aloides switched to HCO3- use, resulting in a lower photosynthetic O2 production, decreased emergent leaf formation and increased CaCO3 precipitation on its leaves, all of which impaired buoyancy. At high PAR, low CO2 availability resulted in slower colonisation of the water layer, whereas CO2 availability did not influence PAR-limited plants. Our study shows that site conditions, rather than the sole abundance of potentially facilitating species, may strongly determine whether or not they form the structure necessary to act as a facilitator for biodiversity in aquatic environments. PMID:25909504

  15. Large shield volcanos on Venus: The effect of neutral buoyancy zone development on evolution and altitude distribution

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    Keddie, S.; Head, James W., III

    1992-01-01

    The Magellan mission to Venus has emphasized the importance of volcanism in shaping the surface of the planet. Volcanic plains make up 80 percent of the terrain and hundreds of regions of localized eruptions have been identified. Large volcanos, defined as edifices with diameters greater than 100 km, are the sites of some of the most voluminous eruptions. Head et al. have identified 158 of these structures. Their spatial distribution is neither random nor arranged in linear chains as on the Earth; large volcanos on Venus are concentrated in two large, near-equatorial clusters that are also the site of many other forms of volcanic activity. The set of conditions that must be met on Venus that controls the change from widespread, distributed volcanism to focused, shield-building volcanism is not well understood. Future studies of transitional features will help to address this problem. It is likely, however, that the formation and evolution of a neutral buoyancy zone (NBZ) plays an important role in both determining the style of the volcanism and the development of the volcanic feature once it has begun to erupt. Head and Wilson have suggested that the high surface pressure on Venus may inhibit volatile exsolution, which may influence the density distribution of the upper crust and hence control the nature and location of a NBZ. The extreme variations in pressure with elevation may result in significantly different characteristics of such a NBZ at different locations on the planet. In order to test these ideas regarding the importance of NBZ development in the evolution of a large shield and to determine the style of volcanism, three large volcanos that occur at different basal elevations were examined and the distribution of large volcanos as a function of altitude was determined.

  16. Effect of buoyancy-assisted flow on convection from an isothermal spheroid in power-law fluids

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    Gupta, Anoop K.; Chhabra, Rajendra Prasad

    2016-05-01

    In this work, the coupled momentum and energy equations have been solved to elucidate the effect of aiding-buoyancy on the laminar mixed-convection from a spheroidal particle in power-law media over wide ranges of the pertinent parameters: Richardson number, 0≤ Ri≤5; Reynolds number, 1≤ Re≤100; Prandtl number, 1≤ Pr≤100; power-law index, 0.3≤ n≤1.8, and aspect ratio, 0.2≤ e≤5 for the case of constant thermo-physical properties. New results for the velocity and temperature fields are discussed in terms of the streamline and isotherm contours, surface pressure and vorticity contours, drag coefficient, local and surface averaged Nusselt number. The effect of particle shape on the flow is seen to be more pronounced in the case of oblates ( e 1). The propensity for wake formation reduces with the rising values of power-law index, Richardson number and slenderness of the body shape ( e > 1). Also, the drag coefficient is seen to increase with the Richardson number and power-law index. All else being equal, the Nusselt number shows a positive dependence on the Richardson number and Reynolds number and an inverse dependence on the power-law index and aspect ratio of the spheroid. Limited results were also obtained by considering the exponential temperature dependence of the power-law consistency index. This factor can increase the values of the average Nusselt number by up to ~10-12% with reference to the corresponding values for the case of the constant thermo-physical properties under otherwise identical conditions. Finally, the present values of the Nusselt number have been consolidated in the form of Colburn j-factor as a function of the modified Reynolds and Prandtl numbers for each value of the aspect ratio ( e). The effect of the temperature dependent viscosity is included in this correlation in terms of a multiplication factor.

  17. Relationship between level of neutral buoyancy and dual-Doppler observed mass detrainment levels in deep convection

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    G. L. Mullendore

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Although it is generally accepted that the level of neutral buoyancy (LNB is only a coarse estimate of updraft depth, the LNB is still used to understand and predict storm structure in both observations and modeling. This study uses case studies to quantify the variability associated with using environmental soundings to predict detrainment levels. Nine dual-Doppler convective cases were used to determine the observed level of maximum detrainment (LMD to compare with the LNB. The LNB for each case was calculated with a variety of methods and with a variety of sources (including both observed and simulated soundings. The most representative LNB was chosen as the proximity sounding from NARR using the most unstable parcel and including ice processes.

    The observed cases were a mix of storm morphologies, including both supercell and multicell storms. As expected, the LMD was generally below the LNB, the mean offset for all cases being 2.2 km. However, there was a marked difference between the supercell and non-supercell cases. The two supercell cases had LMDs of 0.3 km and 0.0 km below the LNB. The remaining cases had LMDs that ranged from 4.0 km below to 1.6 km below the LNB, with a mean offset of 2.8 km below. Observations also showed that evolution of the LMD over the lifetime of the storm can be significant (e.g., >2 km altitude change in 30 min, and this time evolution is lacking from models with coarse time steps, missing significant changes in detrainment levels that may strongly impact the amount of boundary layer mass transported to the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere.

  18. Role of Magnetic Field Strength and Numerical Resolution in Simulations of the Heat-flux Driven Buoyancy Instability

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    Avara, Mark J.; Reynolds, C. S.; Bogdanovic, T.

    2013-04-01

    The role played by magnetic fields in the intracluster medium (ICM) of galaxy clusters is complex. The weakly collisional nature of the ICM leads to thermal conduction that is channeled along field lines. This anisotropic heat conduction profoundly changes the stability of the ICM atmosphere, with convective stabilities being driven by temperature gradients of either sign. We employ the Athena magnetohydrodynamic code to investigate the local non-linear behavior of the heat-flux driven buoyancy instability (HBI), relevant in the cores of cooling-core clusters where the temperature increases with radius. We study a grid of 2-d simulations that span a large range of initial magnetic field strengths and numerical resolutions. For very weak initial fields, we recover the previously known result that the HBI wraps the field in the horizontal direction thereby shutting off the heat flux. However, we find that simulations which begin with intermediate initial field strengths have a qualitatively different behavior, forming HBI-stable filaments that resist field-line wrapping and enable sustained vertical conductive heat flux at a level of 10-25% of the Spitzer value. We explain the presence and persistence of these filaments in terms of the linear stability of the HBI and the total energetics of the plasma. A complimentary 3-d simulation of high resolution confirms the presence of sustained filaments and shows they can be formed in the ideal MHD regime, even without anisotropic viscosity, previously thought to be necessary. While astrophysical conclusions regarding the role of conduction in cooling cores require detailed global models and a better understanding of conduction in the ICM, our local study proves that systems dominated by HBI do not necessarily quench the conductive heat flux.

  19. The buoyancy variation of plate coupling from subduction to collision: an example across the northernmost Manila trench

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    Lo, Chung-Liang; Doo, Wen-Bin; Kuo-Chen, Hao; Hsu, Shu-Kun

    2015-04-01

    The Manila trench is the boundary between the South China Sea (SCS) of Eurasian Plate (EU) and Philippine Sea Plate (PSP). The east subducting of SCS is a ceased rifting oceanic crust. To the north, the subduction is obscured and transits to collision extended to the Taiwan orogenesis. The Taiwan Integrated Geodynamics Research (TAIGER) project has implemented several offshore multichannel seismic (MCS) reflection and wide-angle seismic experiments to model the velocity structure of the incipient arc-continental collision. Amongst, along two trench perpendicular transects (MGL0905_23, 25) are associated with ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) deployed in the northern Manila trench. The transect MCS data and tomographic velocity structure provide well constraint on the recognition between the crust and mantle lithosphere that helps to reconstruct synthetic density structure to fit the observation gravity data. The synthetic gravity result along two transects also show that there exists an anomalous high density (~2.97 g/cm3) mass beneath the accretionary prism in the leading edge of overriding plate; however, unfortunately, the MCS and OBS data have no resolution there. Meanwhile, the buoyancies of crust (Hc) and mantle lithosphere (Hm) can be calculated associated with the residual topography based on the isostatic equilibrium. According to the contribution of Hm, the estimation of the plate coupling effect can be approached. Combining two transects data across the northern Manila trench and one profile across the Hengchun Peninsula in southern Taiwan (T29-33, TAICRUST project), a sequence from subduction to collision of plate coupling effect can therefore be evaluated, and also offers the opportunity to examine the lithospheric structure variation in the zone between Taiwan and northernmost Manila trench.

  20. Buoyancy Can-Can

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    Nelson, Jim; Nelson, Jane Bray

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, a discrepant event is used to initiate a learning cycle1 lesson to help students develop an understanding of the concept and equation for buoyant force. The data are gathered using readily available equipment and then graphically analyzed using a four-step analysis consistent with the modeling instructional approach.2 This laboratory activity is appropriate for high school or first-year college physics, and provides the opportunity for review of free-body diagrams, experimental design, and graphical analysis. We use the "BSCS 5E" version of the Karplus learning cycle idea, popularized by Bybee, in which students are expected to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.3

  1. Jets with Reversing Buoyancy

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    Pandya, R V R

    2015-01-01

    A jet of heavy fluid is injected upwards, at time $t=0$, into a lighter fluid and reaches a maximum height at time $t=t_i$ and then flows back around the upward flow. A similar flow situation occurs for a light fluid injected downward into a heavy one. In this paper an exact analytical expression for $t_i$ is derived. The expression remains valid for laminar and turbulent buoyant jets with or without swirl.

  2. Nonlinear analysis of multiphase transport in porous media in the presence of viscous, buoyancy, and capillary forces

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    Li, Boxiao; Tchelepi, Hamdi A.

    2015-09-01

    Nonlinear convergence problems in numerical reservoir simulation can lead to unacceptably large computational time and are often the main impediment to performing simulation studies of large-scale problems. We analyze the nonlinearity of the discrete transport (mass conservation) equation for immiscible, incompressible, two-phase flow in porous media in the presence of viscous, buoyancy, and capillary forces. Although simulation problems are multi-dimensional with large numbers of cells and variables, we find that the essence of the nonlinear behavior can be understood by studying the discretized (numerical) flux function for the interface between two cells. The numerical flux is expressed in terms of the saturations of the two cells. Discontinuities in the first-order derivative of the flux function (referred to as kinks) and inflection lines are identified as the cause of convergence difficulty. These critical features (kinks and inflections) change the curvature of the numerical flux function abruptly, and can lead to overshoots, oscillations, or divergence in Newton iterations. Based on our understanding of the nonlinearity, a nonlinear solver is developed, referred to as the Numerical Trust Region (NTR) solver. The solver is able to guide the Newton iterations safely and efficiently through the different saturation 'trust-regions' delineated by the kinks and inflections. Specifically, overshoots and oscillations that often lead to convergence failure are avoided. Numerical examples demonstrate that our NTR solver has superior convergence performance compared with existing methods. In particular, convergence is achieved for a wide range of timestep sizes and Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy (CFL) numbers spanning several orders of magnitude. In addition, a discretization scheme is proposed for handling heterogeneities in capillary-pressure-saturation relationship. The scheme has less degree of nonlinearity compared with the standard Single-point Phase-based Upstream

  3. The Effects of Buoyancy and Dilution on the Structure and Lift-off of Coflow Laminar Diffusion Flames

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    Walsh, Kevin T.; Long, Marshall B.; Smooke, Mitchell D.

    1999-01-01

    The ability to predict the coupled effects of complex transport phenomena with detailed chemical kinetics in diffusion flames is critical in the modeling of turbulent reacting flows and in understanding the processes by which soot formation and radiative transfer take place. In addition, an understanding of the factors that affect flame extinction in diffusion flames is critical in the suppression of fires and in improving engine efficiency. The goal of our characterizations of coflow laminar diffusion flames is to bring to microgravity the multidimensional diagnostic tools available in normal gravity, and in so doing provide a broader understanding of the successes and limitations of current combustion models. This will lead to a more detailed understanding of the interaction of convection, diffusion and chemistry in both buoyant and nonbuoyant environments. As a sensitive marker of changes in the flame shape, the number densities of excited-state CH (A(exp 2)delta, denoted CH*), and excited-state OH (A(exp 2)Sigma, denoted OH*) are measured in mu-g and normal gravity. Two-dimensional CH* and OH* number densities are deconvoluted from line-of-sight chemiluminescence measurements made on the NASA KC-135 reduced-gravity aircraft. Measured signal levels are calibrated, post-flight, with Rayleigh scattering. Although CH* and OH* kinetics are not well understood, the CH*, OH*, and ground-state CH distributions are spatially coincident in the flame anchoring region. Therefore, the ground-state CH distribution, which is easily computed, and the readily measured CH*/OH* distributions can be used to provide a consistent and convenient way of measuring lift-off height and flame shape in the diffusion flame under investigation. Given that the fuel composition affects flame chemistry and that buoyancy influences the velocity profile of the flow, we have the opportunity to computationally and experimentally study the roles of fluids and chemistry. In performing this

  4. A computational model for the rise and dispersion of wind-blown, buoyancy-driven plumes—I. Neutrally stratified atmosphere

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    Zhang, Xiaoming; Ghoniem, Ahmed F.

    A multi-dimensional computational model for the rise and dispersion of a wind-blown, buoyancy-driven plume in a calm, neutrally stratified atmosphere is presented. Lagrangian numerical techniques, based on the extension of the vortex method to variable density flows, are used to solve the governing equations. The plume rise trajectory and the dispersion of its material in the crosswind plane are predicted. It is found that the computed trajectory agrees well with the two-thirds power law of a buoyancy-dominated plume, modified to include the effect of the initial plume size. The effect of small-scale atmospheric turbulence, modeled in terms of eddy viscosity, on the plume trajectory is found to be negligible. For all values of buoyancy Reynolds number, the plume cross-section exhibits a kidney-shaped pattern, as observed in laboratory and field experiments. This pattern is due to the formation of two counter-rotating vortices which develop as baroclinically generated vorticity rolls up on both sides of the plume cross-section. Results show that the plume rise can be described in terms of three distinct stages: a short acceleration stage, a long double-vortex stage, and a breakup stage. The induced velocity field and engulfment are dominated by the two large vortices. The effect of a flat terrain on the plume trajectory and dispersion is found to be very small. The equivalent radii of plumes with different initial cross-sectional aspect ratios increase at almost the same rate. A large aspect-ratio plume rises slower initially and then catches up with smaller aspect-ratio plumes in the breakup stage. The Boussinesq approximation is found to be valid if the ratio of the density perturation to the reference density is less than 0.1.

  5. Floating-pulsatile release multiparticulate system for chronopharmacotherapy: effect of some hydrophobic additives on the buoyancy and release behavior of particles.

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    Maghsoodi, M

    2014-01-01

    A blend of floating and pulsatile principles of a drug delivery system would have the advantage that a drug can be released in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract after a lag period, which is anticipated for chronotherapy. In this study, microballoons were prepared by an emulsion solvent diffusion technique using Eudragit S100, and hydrophobic additive (magnesium stearate, stearic acid or talc) for time- and site-specific drug release of piroxicam. The effect of hydrophobic additives on the production yield of floating microparticles, buoyant ability for 8 h, release of drug in simulated GI fluids (simulated gastric fluid [SGF] and simulated intestinal fluid [SIF]), mean particle size, apparent particle density, encapsulation efficiency of drug and physical state of incorporated drug were studied. Both production yield and buoyancy of the microballoons were affected by additives in the following order: magnesium stearate, stearic acid>free-additive>talc. The observed difference in yield and the buoyancy of the microballoons could be attributed to the hydrophobic character of the additives and the shell rigidity of the obtained microballoons. Incorporation of hydrophobic additives in the microballoons was found to impart the desired release properties to the microballoons by providing a 2-phase release pattern with initial slow release (5-6%) through 8 h in SGF followed by rapid pulse release (>92%) in SIF through 15 min. The microballoons co-formulated with magnesium stearate or stearic acid, combining excellent buoyancy and suitable drug release pattern of piroxicam, could be useful in chronopharmacotherapy in arthritis. PMID:23950100

  6. A computational model for the rise and dispersion of wind-blown, buoyancy-driven plumes—II. Linearly stratified atmosphere

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    Zhang, Xiaoming; Ghoniem, Ahmed F.

    A multi-dimensional computational model of wind-blown, buoyancy-driven flows is applied to study the effect of atmospheric stratification on the rise and dispersion of plumes. The model utilizes Lagrangian transport elements, distributed in the plane of the plume cross section normal to the wind direction, to caoture the evolution of the vorticity and density field, and another set of elements to model the dynamics in the atmosphere surrounding the plume. Solutions are obtained for a case in which atmospheric density changes linearly with height. Computational results show that, similar to the case of a neutrally stratified atmosphere, the plume acquires a kidney-shaped cross section which persists for a long distance downstream the source and may bifurcate into separate and distinct lumps. Baroclinic vortivity generated both along the plume boundary and in the surroundings is used to explain the origin of the distortion experienced by the plume and the inhibiting effect of a stratified atmosphere, respectively. The vorticity within the plume cross section forms two large-scale coherent eddies which are responsible for the plume motion and the entrainment. Prior to reaching the equilibrium height, the computed plume trajectory is found to follow the two-thirds law, when extended to include the initial plume size, reasonably well. Entrainment and added mass coefficients equal to 0.49 and 0.7 respectively, are obtained from the numerical results over a wide range of the buoyancy ratio, defined as the ratio between the plume buoyancy and the degree of background stratification. In the case of strong stratification, the plume trajectory shows weak, fast decaying oscillations around the equilibrium height.

  7. Near-field development of gas-phase horizontal laminar jets with positive and negative buoyancy measured with filtered Rayleigh scattering

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    Reeder, Mark F.; Huffman, Richard E.; Branam, Richard D.; Lebay, Kenneth D.; Meents, Steven M.

    2011-06-01

    Near-field mixing characteristics of horizontally issuing jets, alternatively positively and negatively buoyant, are explored. The cross-sectional mass fraction of a buoyant horizontal jet consisting of helium flowing into ambient air is measured using a non-intrusive technique, filtered Rayleigh scattering, for Reynolds numbers ranging from 50 to 1,200, Froude numbers ranging as low as 0.71, and Schmidt numbers on the order of unity for all tests. Several corresponding experiments were carried out using carbon dioxide in place of helium in order to determine whether the direction of the buoyancy changes the characteristic shape of the jet cross-section. Consistent with the literature, mixing rates were consistently higher on the side of the jet where instability, due to density stratification, was present. At jet Froude numbers ranging between 1.5 and approximately 3, the jet cross-section takes a shape consistent with a single plume of fluid being ejected from the core in a vertical direction—upward for a jet with positive buoyancy and downward for a jet with negative buoyancy. Remarkably, for Froude numbers less than unity, the distortion of the jet is quite different in that two separate plumes emanate from each side of the jet while ejection from the center is suppressed. Both the positively and negatively buoyant jet cross-sections exhibited this trait, suggesting that the mechanism that determines the cross-sectional shape of the jet core is only mildly influenced by centripetal effects brought about by streamline curvature. The location of the jet centroid at varied streamwise locations was computed from the mass fraction data, yielding jet trajectory.

  8. Development of a floating drug delivery system with superior buoyancy in gastric fluid using hot-melt extrusion coupled with pressurized CO₂.

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    Almutairy, B K; Alshetaili, A S; Ashour, E A; Patil, H; Tiwari, R V; Alshehri, S M; Repka, M A

    2016-03-01

    The present study aimed to develop a continuous single-step manufacturing platform to prepare a porous, low-density, and floating multi-particulate system (mini-tablet, 4 mm size). This process involves injecting inert, non-toxic pressurized CO₂gas (P-CO₂) in zone 4 of a 16-mm hot-melt extruder (HME) to continuously generate pores throughout the carrier matrix. Unlike conventional methods for preparing floating drug delivery systems, additional chemical excipients and additives are not needed in this approach to create minute openings on the surface of the matrices. The buoyancy efficiency of the prepared floating system (injection of P-CO₂) in terms of lag time (0 s) significantly improved (P < 0.05), compared to the formulation prepared by adding the excipient sodium bicarbonate (lag time 120 s). The main advantages of this novel manufacturing technique include: (i) no additional chemical excipients need to be incorporated in the formulation, (ii) few manufacturing steps are required, (iii) high buoyancy efficiency is attained, and (iv) the extrudate is free of toxic solvent residues. Floating mini-tablets containing acetaminophen (APAP) as a model drug within the matrix-forming carrier (Eudragit® RL PO) have been successfully processed via this combined technique (P-CO₂/HME). Desired controlled release profile of APAP from the polymer Eudragit® RL PO is attained in the optimized formulation, which remains buoyant on the surface of gastric fluids prior to gastric emptying time (average each 4 h). PMID:27183706

  9. Transient laminar opposing mixed convection in a symmetrically heated duct with a plane symmetric sudden contraction-expansion: Buoyancy an inclination effects

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    Martínez-Suástegui, Lorenzo; Barreto, Enrique; Treviño, César

    2015-11-01

    Transient laminar opposing mixed convection is studied experimentally in an open vertical rectangular channel with two discrete protruded heat sources subjected to uniform heat flux simulating electronic components. Experiments are performed for a Reynolds number of Re = 700, Prandtl number of Pr = 7, inclination angles with respect to the horizontal of γ =0o , 45o and 90o, and different values of buoyancy strength or modified Richardson number, Ri* =Gr* /Re2 . From the experimental measurements, the space averaged surface temperatures, overall Nusselt number of each simulated electronic chip, phase-space plots of the self-oscillatory system, characteristic times of temperature oscillations and spectral distribution of the fluctuating energy have been obtained. Results show that when a threshold in the buoyancy parameter is reached, strong three-dimensional secondary flow oscillations develop in the axial and spanwise directions. This research was supported by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), Grant number 167474 and by the Secretaría de Investigación y Posgrado del IPN, Grant number SIP 20141309.

  10. Effects of Centrifugal Buoyancy and Reynolds Number on Turbulent Heat Transfer in a Two-Pass Angled-RIB-Roughened Channel with Sharp 180° Turns Investigated by Using Large Eddy Simulation

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    Akira Murata; Sadanari Mochizuki

    2008-01-01

    The effects of the centrifugal buoyancy and the Reynolds number on heat transfer in a rotating two-pass rib-roughened channel with 180° sharp turns were numerically investigated by using the large eddy simulation. The effect of the Reynolds number was seen in the finer flow structure. The effect of the aiding/opposing buoyancy contributions was seen more vigorously on the pressure surface than that on the suction surface, though the details depended on the Reynolds number, the rotation number...

  11. The influence of the phenomenon of buoyancy near coasts on the concentration of dimethyl phenomenon at the ocean surface; Der Einfluss des kuestennahen Auftriebsphaenomens auf die Konzentrationen von Dimethylsulfid an der Meeresoberflaeche

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    Albrecht, T. [Deutsche Marine, Bremerhaven (Germany). Marineamt - Gruppe Zielbildung; Hamburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Meereskunde; Hinrichs, I. [Hamburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Meereskunde

    2010-07-01

    Dimethyl sulphide is the most important biogenic sulphur compound and of great importance for the climate. The contribution under consideration associates the physical problem of buoyancy with the concentration of dimethyl sulphide at the sea surface. Beyond this, the concentration of dimethyl sulphide is compared with parameters such as zonal temperature differences, nutrients, chlorophyll and anomalies of temperature. A distinct connection between the phenomenon of buoyancy and the concentration of dimethyl sulphide is not recognizable. The concentration of dimethyl sulphide is based on a complex mixture of physical and biological mechanisms.

  12. Plume's buoyancy and heat fluxes from the deep mantle estimated by an instantaneous mantle flow simulation based on the S40RTS global seismic tomography model

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    Yoshida, Masaki

    2012-11-01

    It is still an open question as to how much heat is transported from the deep mantle to the upper mantle by mantle upwelling plumes, which would impose a strong constraint on models of the thermal evolution of the earth. Here I perform numerical computations of instantaneous mantle flow based on a recent highly resolved global seismic tomography model (S40RTS), apply new simple fluid dynamics theories to the plume's radius and velocity, considering a Poiseuille flow assumption and a power-law relationship between the boundary layer thickness and Rayleigh number, and estimate the plume's buoyancy and heat fluxes from the deep lower mantle under varying plume viscosity. The results show that for some major mantle upwelling plumes with localized strong ascent velocity under the South Pacific and Africa, the buoyancy fluxes of each plume beneath the ringwoodite to perovskite + magnesiowüstite ("660-km") phase decomposition boundary are comparable to those inferred from observed hotspot swell volumes on the earth, i.e., on the order of 1 Mg s-1, when the plume viscosity is 1019-1020 Pa s. This result, together with previous numerical simulations of mantle convection and the gentle Clausius-Clapeyron slope for the 660-km phase decomposition derived from recent high-pressure measurements under dehydrated/hydrated conditions in the mantle transition zone, implies that mantle upwelling plumes in the lower mantle penetrate the 660-km phase decomposition boundary without significant loss in thermal buoyancy because of the weak thermal barrier at the 660-km boundary. The total plume heat flux under the South Pacific is estimated to be about 1 TW beneath the 660-km boundary, which is significantly smaller than the core-mantle boundary heat flux. Previously published scaling laws for the plume's radius and velocity based on a plume spacing theory, which explains well plume dynamics in three-dimensional time-dependent mantle convection, suggest that these plume fluxes depend

  13. Numerical investigations of buoyancy-driven natural ventilation in a simple atrium building and its effect on the thermal comfort conditions

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    In the present study use of solar-assisted buoyancy-driven natural ventilation in a simple atrium building is explored numerically with particular emphasis on the thermal comfort conditions in the building. Initially various geometric configurations of the atrium space were considered in order to investigate airflows and temperature distributions in the building using a validated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The Reynolds Averaged Navier–Stokes (RANS) modelling approach with the SST-k–ω turbulence model and the Discrete Transfer Radiation Model (DTRM) was used for the investigations. The steady-state governing equations were solved using a commercial CFD solver FLUENT©. From the numerical results obtained, it was noted that an atrium space integrated with a solar chimney would be a relatively better option to be used in an atrium building. In the geometry selected, the performance of the building in response to various changes in design parameters was investigated. The produced airflows and temperature distributions were then used to evaluate indoor thermal comfort conditions in terms of the thermal comfort indices, i.e. the well-known predicted mean vote (PMV) index, its modifications especially for natural ventilation, predicted percent dissatisfied (PPD) index and Percent dissatisfied (PD) factor due to draft. It was found that the thermal conditions in the occupied areas of the building developed as a result of the use of solar-assisted buoyancy-driven ventilation for the particular values of the design parameters selected are mostly in the comfortable zone. Finally, it is demonstrated that the proposed methodology leads to reliable thermal comfort predictions, while the effect of various design variables on the performance of the building is easily recognized. - Highlights: ► Numerical investigations were carried for the use of buoyancy-driven displacement ventilation in a simple atrium building. ► Effect of various atrium configurations

  14. Some Exact Solutions of Boundary Layer Flows along a Vertical Plate with Buoyancy Forces Combined with Lorentz Forces under Uniform Suction

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    Asterios Pantokratoras

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Exact analytical solutions of boundary layer flows along a vertical porous plate with uniform suction are derived and presented in this paper. The solutions concern the Blasius, Sakiadis, and Blasius-Sakiadis flows with buoyancy forces combined with either MHD Lorentz or EMHD Lorentz forces. In addition, some exact solutions are presented specifically for water in the temperature range of 0∘C≤≤8∘C, where water density is nearly parabolic. Except for their use as benchmarking means for testing the numerical solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, the presented exact solutions with EMHD forces have use in flow separation control in aeronautics and hydronautics, whereas the MHD results have applications in process metallurgy and fusion technology. These analytical solutions are valid for flows with strong suction.

  15. Combined effect of buoyancy force and Navier slip on MHD flow of a nanofluid over a convectively heated vertical porous plate.

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    Mutuku-Njane, Winifred Nduku; Makinde, Oluwole Daniel

    2013-01-01

    We examine the effect of magnetic field on boundary layer flow of an incompressible electrically conducting water-based nanofluids past a convectively heated vertical porous plate with Navier slip boundary condition. A suitable similarity transformation is employed to reduce the governing partial differential equations into nonlinear ordinary differential equations, which are solved numerically by employing fourth-order Runge-Kutta with a shooting technique. Three different water-based nanofluids containing copper (Cu), aluminium oxide (Al2O3), and titanium dioxide (TiO2) are taken into consideration. Graphical results are presented and discussed quantitatively with respect to the influence of pertinent parameters, such as solid volume fraction of nanoparticles (φ), magnetic field parameter (Ha), buoyancy effect (Gr), Eckert number (Ec), suction/injection parameter (f w ), Biot number (Bi), and slip parameter ( β ), on the dimensionless velocity, temperature, skin friction coefficient, and heat transfer rate. PMID:24222749

  16. Confined Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow and Heat and Mass Transfers Induced by both Thermal and Solutal Buoyancy Forces of Equal Intensities

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper is reported an analytical and numerical study on double-diffusive natural convection in a non-Newtonian power-law fluid confined in a shallow horizontal rectangular enclosure submitted to uniform heat and mass fluxes along its short vertical sides, while the horizontal ones are insulated and impermeable. Here, the cases of aiding and opposing thermal and solutal buoyancy forces of equal intensities are considered. In the first part of the work the full governing equations are solved and the effects of the power-law behavior index, n, and the generalized thermal Rayleigh number, RaT , are examined and analyzed. In the second part, an analytical solution, based on the parallel flow approximation valid in the case of a shallow cavity, is proposed and an excellent agreement of results between the two approaches is observed, which validates them mutually.

  17. Statistical optimization of a novel excipient (CMEC) based gastro retentive floating tablets of propranolol HCl and it’s in vivo buoyancy characterization in healthy human volunteers

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    2012-01-01

    The objective of the present investigation is to formulate gastro retentive floating drug delivery systems (GRFDDS) of propranolol HCl by central composite design and to study the effect of formulation variables on floating lag time, D1hr (% drug release at 1 hr) and t90 (time required to release 90% of the drug). 3 factor central composite design was employed for the development of GRFDDS containing novel semi synthetic polymer carboxymethyl ethyl cellulose (CMEC) as a release retarding polymer. CMEC, sodium bicarbonate and Povidone concentrations were included as independent variables. The tablets were prepared by direct compression method and were evaluated for in vitro buoyancy and dissolution studies. From the polynomial model fitting statistical analysis, it was confirmed that the response floating lag time and D1hr is suggested to quadratic model and t90 is suggested to linear model. All the statistical formulations followed first order rate kinetics with non-Fickian diffusion mechanism. The desirability function was used to optimize the response variables, each having a different target, and the observed responses were highly agreed with experimental values. Statistically optimized formulation was characterized by FTIR and DSC studies and found no interactions between drug and polymer. The results demonstrate the feasibility of the model in the development of GRFDDS containing a propranolol HCl. Statistically optimized formulation was evaluated for in vivo buoyancy studies in healthy humans for both fed and fasted states. From the results, it was concluded that gastric residence time of the floating tablets were enhanced at fed stage but not in fasted state. PMID:23351981

  18. Statistical optimization of a novel excipient (CMEC based gastro retentive floating tablets of propranolol HCl and it’s in vivo buoyancy characterization in healthy human volunteers

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    Meka Venkata

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The objective of the present investigation is to formulate gastro retentive floating drug delivery systems (GRFDDS of propranolol HCl by central composite design and to study the effect of formulation variables on floating lag time, D1hr (% drug release at 1 hr and t90 (time required to release 90% of the drug. 3 factor central composite design was employed for the development of GRFDDS containing novel semi synthetic polymer carboxymethyl ethyl cellulose (CMEC as a release retarding polymer. CMEC, sodium bicarbonate and Povidone concentrations were included as independent variables. The tablets were prepared by direct compression method and were evaluated for in vitro buoyancy and dissolution studies. From the polynomial model fitting statistical analysis, it was confirmed that the response floating lag time and D1hr is suggested to quadratic model and t90 is suggested to linear model. All the statistical formulations followed first order rate kinetics with non-Fickian diffusion mechanism. The desirability function was used to optimize the response variables, each having a different target, and the observed responses were highly agreed with experimental values. Statistically optimized formulation was characterized by FTIR and DSC studies and found no interactions between drug and polymer. The results demonstrate the feasibility of the model in the development of GRFDDS containing a propranolol HCl. Statistically optimized formulation was evaluated for in vivo buoyancy studies in healthy humans for both fed and fasted states. From the results, it was concluded that gastric residence time of the floating tablets were enhanced at fed stage but not in fasted state.

  19. Statistical optimization of a novel excipient (CMEC) based gastro retentive floating tablets of propranolol HCl and it's in vivo buoyancy characterization in healthy human volunteers.

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    Meka, Venkata Srikanth; Nali, Sreenivasa Rao; Songa, Ambedkar Sunil; Battu, Janaki Ram; Kolapalli, Venkata Ramana Murthy

    2012-01-01

    The objective of the present investigation is to formulate gastro retentive floating drug delivery systems (GRFDDS) of propranolol HCl by central composite design and to study the effect of formulation variables on floating lag time, D1hr (% drug release at 1 hr) and t90 (time required to release 90% of the drug). 3 factor central composite design was employed for the development of GRFDDS containing novel semi synthetic polymer carboxymethyl ethyl cellulose (CMEC) as a release retarding polymer. CMEC, sodium bicarbonate and Povidone concentrations were included as independent variables. The tablets were prepared by direct compression method and were evaluated for in vitro buoyancy and dissolution studies. From the polynomial model fitting statistical analysis, it was confirmed that the response floating lag time and D1hr is suggested to quadratic model and t90 is suggested to linear model. All the statistical formulations followed first order rate kinetics with non-Fickian diffusion mechanism. The desirability function was used to optimize the response variables, each having a different target, and the observed responses were highly agreed with experimental values. Statistically optimized formulation was characterized by FTIR and DSC studies and found no interactions between drug and polymer. The results demonstrate the feasibility of the model in the development of GRFDDS containing a propranolol HCl. Statistically optimized formulation was evaluated for in vivo buoyancy studies in healthy humans for both fed and fasted states. From the results, it was concluded that gastric residence time of the floating tablets were enhanced at fed stage but not in fasted state. PMID:23351981

  20. Roles of magnetic reconnection and buoyancy in the formation of dipolarization fronts: three-dimensional particle simulations of two-dimensional current sheet equilibria

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    Knizhnik, K.; Sitnov, M. I.; Swisdak, M. M.

    2012-12-01

    Unsteady magnetic reconnection in the magnetosphere and in the solar corona involves the formation of localized ejecta, such as the magnetotail dipolarization fronts (DFs) and coronal supra-arcade downflowing loops (SADLs). Both DFs and SADLs move in the direction opposite to the initial magnetic field stretching with a speed comparable to the Alfven speed. However, the DF scales are comparable to the ion gyro radius and therefore their analysis requires kinetic theory and simulations. Recent kinetic theory and PIC simulations of 2D magnetotail equilibria revealed two possible mechanisms of the DF formation, namely mutual attraction of parallel current filaments in thin current sheets causing magnetic reconnection via the tearing instability and magnetic buoyancy resulting in the ballooning-interchange instability. Both mechanisms are most efficient in the geometries with accumulation of magnetic flux at the tailward end of a thin current sheet. To understand the roles of magnetic reconnection and buoyancy in the formation and evolution of DFs we perform 3D PIC simulations of 2D current sheets, where two magnetotails are separated by an equilibrium X-line. To justify modeling the long terrestrial magnetotail in a relatively small simulation box: Lx x Ly x Lz= 40d x 20d x 5d (d is the ion inertial length; GSM coordinate system is used) open boundary conditions are employed in the x-direction. The magnetotail parts of the 2D equilibrium include regions of accumulated magnetic flux, consistent with the Geotail observations of similar signatures prior to substorm onset. We investigate which of the mechanisms is responsible for the formation of DF-like structures in 3D configurations and discuss their subsequent motion and structure. Simulations are compared with recent THEMIS observations of DFs and ballooning-interchange oscillations in the magnetotail, as well as SDO observations of solar flares.

  1. Statistical Optimization of a Novel Excipient (CMEC Based Gastro Retentive Floating Tablets of Propranolol Hcl and it's in Vivo Buoyancy Characterization in Healthy Human Volunteers

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    Janaki Ram Battu

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present investigation is to formulate gastro retentive floating drug delivery systems (GRFDDS of propranolol HCl by central composite design and to study the effect of formulation variables on floating lag time, D1hr (% drug release at 1 hr and t90 (time required to release 90% of the drug. 3 factor central composite design was employed for the development of GRFDDS containing novel semi synthetic polymer carboxymethyl ethyl cellulose (CMEC as a release retarding polymer. CMEC, sodium bicarbonate and Povidone concentrations were included as independent variables. The tablets were prepared by direct compression method and were evaluated for in vitro buoyancy and dissolution studies. From the polynomial model fitting statistical analysis, it was confirmed that the response floating lag time and D1hr is suggested to quadratic model and t90 is suggested to linear model. All the statistical formulations followed first order rate kinetics with non-Fickian diffusion mechanism. The desirability function was used to optimize the response variables, each having a different target and the observed responses were highly agreed with experimental values. Statistically optimized formulation was characterized by FTIR and DSC studies and found no interactions between drug and polymer. The results demonstrate the feasibility of the model in the development of GRFDDS containing a propranolol HCl. Statistically optimized formulation was evaluated for in vivo buoyancy studies in healthy humans for both fed and fasted states. From the results, it was concluded that gastric residence time of the floating tablets were enhanced at fed stage but not in fasted state.

  2. Investigation on the relative performance of various low-Reynolds number turbulence models for buoyancy-driven flow in a tall cavity

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    Rathore, Sushil Kumar; Das, Manab Kumar

    2016-03-01

    The present study deals with the numerical investigation of turbulent buoyancy driven flow in a differentially heated rectangular cavity with adiabatic horizontal walls. The aspect ratio of cavity is 5 and the Rayleigh number based on the cavity height is 4.56 × 1010. The computations have been carried out using the finite volume method on a staggered grid and SIMPLEC algorithm for pressure-velocity coupling. The low-Reynolds number k-ɛ model proposed by Yang and Shih (YS), low-Reynolds number k-ω model proposed by Wilcox, and k-ω shear stress transport (SST) model of Menter have been applied for turbulence closure. The performance comparison of different models have been carried out using the experimental, LES and various RANS results available in the literature. The computation of turbulent natural convection flow is numerically challenging due to complex flow involving laminar, transition and turbulent regions, coupling of velocity with the energy equation, and some other problems reported in literature e.g. grid dependency of solution, numerical stability problem, etc. The flux Richardson number is calculated to get an estimate of relative importance of buoyancy and shear force in different regions of flow. The shearing and swirling zones have been identified in the entire flow domain using the λ 2 criterion. Based on the comparison of mean flow, heat transfer and turbulence characteristics with the available results, it has been found that YS model performs better. The better performance obtained from YS model may be due to peculiarity of model that takes into account the Kolmogorov time scale near the wall and the conventional time scale (k/ɛ ) away from the wall.

  3. Modeling and Analysis of a Buoyancy-Ballast Driven Airship%一类“浮力-压块”驱动飞艇建模与分析

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    邬依林; 刘屿

    2012-01-01

    In view of a new kind of buoyancy-ballast driven airship, the model and dynamics of a kind of buoyancy-ballast driven airship are studied. Based on Kirchhoff equations and Newton-Euler laws, we developed the six degree of freedom nonlinear dynamic model for an airship equipped with independent ballonets and moveable ballast by analysis its movement and stress. On the condition of little perturbation, the nonlinear dynamic model is divided into three group equations by restricting airship motion in longitudinal, lateral and e2-e3 planes respectively. Then the characteristics of mode and respond to input of airship are studied using linearization model and its related parameter. The results of simulation verify the correctness of established model and rationality of theoretical analysis on this kind of stratospheric airship, thus making itself a theoretical basis for the design of its control strategy.%针对一类新型“浮力-压块”驱动的自治飞艇,研究了该类飞艇的动力学建模和动力学特性.在Kirchhoff方程和Newton-Euler理论基础上,通过对飞艇运动及受力分析,建立了包括独立气囊和可运动压块的飞艇六自由度非线性动力学模型,并采用小扰动线性化方法,将飞艇运动分别限制在纵向、横侧向和e2-e3平面内,得到与之对应的三组飞艇线性化方程,其后基于飞艇相关参数和线性化模型,利用Matlab软件平台对飞艇运动模态和输入响应特性进行了分析研究.仿真结果验证了谊类飞艇模型的正确性和理论分析的合理性,为其后控制策略设计提供理论依据.

  4. Measurement of buoyancy driven convection and microaccelerations on board International Space Station with the use of convection sensor Dacon-M

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    Putin, Gennady; Belyaev, Mikhail; Babushkin, Igor; Glukhov, Alexander; Zilberman, Evgeny; Maksimova, Marina; Ivanov, Alexander; Sazonov, Viktor; Nikitin, Sergey; Zavalishin, Denis; Polezhaev, Vadim

    The system for studying buoyancy driven convection and low-frequency microaccelerations aboard spacecraft is described. The system consists of: 1. facility for experimentation on a spaceship - the convection sensor and electronic equipment for apparatus control and for acquisition and processing of relevant information; 2. facility for ground-based laboratory modeling of various fluid motion mechanisms in application to orbital flight environment; 3. the system for computer simulations of convection processes in a fluid cell of a sensor using the data on microaccelerations obtained by accelerometers and another devices aboard the orbital station. The arrangement and functioning of the sensor and control hardware are expounded. The results of terrestrial experiments performed in order to determine the sensitivity of the sensor are described. The results of experiments carried out in 2008 - 2011 with the “DACON-M” apparatus in different modules of the Russian Segment of International Space Station and for various regimes of Station activity are reported. Experimental data recorded by “DACON-M” apparatus have been compared with the calculations of acceleration components based on the telemetry information about the orientation of the Station.

  5. Effects of internal heat generation, thermal radiation and buoyancy force on a boundary layer over a vertical plate with a convective surface boundary condition

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    Tasawar Hayat

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we analyse the effects of internal heat generation, thermal radiation and buoyancy force on the laminar boundary layer about a vertical plate in a uniform stream of fluid under a convective surface boundary condition. In the analysis, we assumed that the left surface of the plate is in contact with a hot fluid whilst a stream of cold fluid flows steadily over the right surface; the heat source decays exponentially outwards from the surface of the plate. The similarity variable method was applied to the steady state governing non-linear partial differential equations, which were transformed into a set of coupled non-linear ordinary differential equations and were solved numerically by applying a shooting iteration technique together with a sixth-order Runge–Kutta integration scheme for better accuracy. The effects of the Prandtl number, the local Biot number, the internal heat generation parameter, thermal radiation and the local Grashof number on the velocity and temperature profiles are illustrated and interpreted in physical terms. A comparison with previously published results on similar special cases showed excellent agreement.

  6. A new method for deriving analytical solutions of partial differential equations-Algebraically explicit analytical solutions of two-buoyancy natural convection in porous media

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    2008-01-01

    Analytical solutions of governing equations of various phenomena have their irre-placeable theoretical meanings. In addition, they can also be the benchmark solu-tions to verify the outcomes and codes of numerical solutions, and even to develop various numerical methods such as their differencing schemes and grid generation skills as well. A hybrid method of separating variables for simultaneous partial differential equation sets is presented. It is proposed that different methods of separating variables for different independent variables in the simultaneous equa-tion set may be used to improve the solution derivation procedure, for example, using the ordinary separating method for some variables and using extraordinary methods of separating variables, such as the separating variables with addition promoted by the first author, for some other variables. In order to prove the ability of the above-mentioned hybrid method, a lot of analytical exact solutions of two-buoyancy convection in porous media are successfully derived with such a method. The physical features of these solutions are given.

  7. A new method for deriving analytical solutions of partial differential equations--Algebraically explicit analytical solutions of two-buoyancy natural convection in porous media

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    CAI RuiXian; LIU QiBin

    2008-01-01

    Analytical solutions of governing equations of various phenomena have their irre-placeable theoretical meanings. In addition, they can also be the benchmark solu-tions to verify the outcomes and codes of numerical solutions, and even to develop various numerical methods such as their differencing schemes and grid generation skills as well. A hybrid method of separating variables for simultaneous partial differential equation sets is presented. It is proposed that different methods of separating variables for different independent variables in the simultaneous equa-tion set may be used to improve the solution derivation procedure, for example, using the ordinary separating method for some variables and using extraordinary methods of separating variables, such as the separating variables with addition promoted by the first author, for some other variables. In order to prove the ability of the above-mentioned hybrid method, a lot of analytical exact solutions of two-buoyancy convection in porous media are successfully derived with such a method. The physical features of these solutions are given.

  8. Analysis of thermal-hydraulic gravity/buoyancy effects in the testing of the ITER poloidal field full size joint sample (PF-FSJS)

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    The PF-FSJS is a full-size joint sample, based on the NbTi dual-channel cable-in-conduit conductor (CICC) design currently foreseen for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Poloidal Field coil system. It was tested during the summer of 2002 in the Sultan facility at a background peak magnetic field of typically 6 T. It includes about 3 m of two jointed conductor sections, using different strands but with identical layout. The sample was cooled by supercritical helium at nominal 4.5-5.0 K and 0.9-1.0 MPa, in forced convection from the top to the bottom of the vertical configuration. A pulsed coil was used to test AC losses in the two legs resulting, above a certain input power threshold, in bundle helium back-flow from the heated region. Here we study the thermohydraulics of the phenomenon with the M-M code, with particular emphasis on the effects of buoyancy on the helium dynamics, as well as on the thermal-hydraulic coupling between the wrapped bundles of strands in the annular cable region and the central cooling channel. Both issues are ITER relevant, as they affect the more general question of the heat removal capability of the helium in this type of conductors. (authors)

  9. 空心微珠/环氧树脂高强浮力材料的性能及断裂分析%Performance and fracture of hollow glass microsphere/epoxy resin high-strength buoyancy material

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    林碧兰; 路新瀛; 陈勤

    2011-01-01

    The high-strength buoyancy material was synthesized with adhesive matrix of epoxy resin and filler of hollow glass microsphere (HGM) activated by silane coupling agent. The characteristics of HGM treated with silane were analyzed by XRD and FRIR. The effect of type and content of HGM on performance of buoyancy material was investigated through density test and uniaxial static compression test. The fracture characteristics and water absorption of buoyancy material were studied by SEM and water absorption test. The results show that the structure of HGM is amorphous. Silane is grafted on the surface of HGM after activation. HGM is perfectly combined with epoxy resin and there is no gap between their interface. The high specific compression strength of HGM is beneficial to the performance of buoyancy material. The density, compression strength and specific compression strength of buoyancy material are 0. 645 ~ 0. 850 g/cm3 , 60 ~ 93 MPa and 92 ~ 112 MPa · cm3 · g-1, respectively. On the fracture surface of buoyancy material with less HGM, HGM is destroyed and there is tailing in the matrix, while the damage degree of HGM increases with the increase of HGM content and finally HGM is destroyed thoroughly. The water absorption of buoyancy material is low.%以环氧树脂为基体,经硅烷活化处理的空心玻璃微珠(HGM)为填充剂,制备了高强浮力材料.采用XRD、FRIR分析了HGM的结构和硅烷处理效果,通过密度测试和单轴静态压缩试验研究了HGM的类型和含量对浮力材料性能的影响,利用SEM和吸水率试验研究了浮力材料的断裂特性和吸水性.结果表明:HGM为无定形结构;硅烷分子接枝在HGM表面,使得HGM与环氧树脂完好结合且两者界面没有间隙沟槽;HGM的较大比压缩强度有利于提高浮力材料的性能;高强浮力材料密度为0.645~0.850 g/cm3,抗压强度为60~93 MPa,比压缩强度为92~112 MPa·cm3·g-1;HGM 含量较少时,浮力材料断裂表面HGM破

  10. Buoyancy and cross flow effects on heat transfer of multiple impinging slot air jets cooling a flat plate at different orientations

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    Nada, S.A. [Benha University, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, High Institute of Technology, Benha (Egypt)

    2009-06-15

    The present article reports on heat transfer characteristics associated with multiple laminar impinging air jet cooling a hot flat plat at different orientations. The work aims to study the interactions of the effects of cross flow, buoyancy induced flow, orientation of the hot surface with respect to gravity, Reynolds numbers and Rayleigh numbers on heat transfer characteristics. Experiments have been carried out for different values of jet Reynolds number, Rayleigh number and cross flow strength and at different orientations of the air jet with respect to the target hot plate. In general, the effective cooling of the plate has been observed to be increased with increasing Reynolds number and Rayleigh number. The results concluded that the hot surface orientation is important for optimum performance in practical applications. It was found that for Re{>=}400 and Ra{>=}10,000 (these ranges give 0.0142{<=}Ri{<=}1.59) the Nusselt number is independent on the hot surface orientation. However, for Re{<=}300 and Ra{>=}100,000 (these ranges give 1.59{<=}Ri{<=}42.85): (i) the Nusselt number for horizontal orientation with hot surface facing down is less that that of vertical orientation and that of horizontal orientation with hot surface facing up, and (ii) the Nusselt number of vertical orientation is approximately the same as that of horizontal orientation with hot surface facing up. For all surfaces orientations and for the entire ranges of Re and Ra, it was found that increasing the cross flow strength decreases the effective cooling of the surface. (orig.)

  11. A buoyancy-based screen of Drosophila larvae for fat-storage mutants reveals a role for Sir2 in coupling fat storage to nutrient availability.

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Obesity has a strong genetic component, but few of the genes that predispose to obesity are known. Genetic screens in invertebrates have the potential to identify genes and pathways that regulate the levels of stored fat, many of which are likely to be conserved in humans. To facilitate such screens, we have developed a simple buoyancy-based screening method for identifying mutant Drosophila larvae with increased levels of stored fat. Using this approach, we have identified 66 genes that when mutated increase organismal fat levels. Among these was a sirtuin family member, Sir2. Sirtuins regulate the storage and metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids by deacetylating key regulatory proteins. However, since mammalian sirtuins function in many tissues in different ways, it has been difficult to define their role in energy homeostasis accurately under normal feeding conditions. We show that knockdown of Sir2 in the larval fat body results in increased fat levels. Moreover, using genetic mosaics, we demonstrate that Sir2 restricts fat accumulation in individual cells of the fat body in a cell-autonomous manner. Consistent with this function, changes in the expression of metabolic enzymes in Sir2 mutants point to a shift away from catabolism. Surprisingly, although Sir2 is typically upregulated under conditions of starvation, Sir2 mutant larvae survive better than wild type under conditions of amino-acid starvation as long as sugars are provided. Our findings point to a Sir2-mediated pathway that activates a catabolic response to amino-acid starvation irrespective of the sugar content of the diet.

  12. Buoyancy driven rotating boundary currents

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    1997-01-01

    The structure of boundary currents formed from intermediately dense water introduced into a rotating, stably stratified, two-layer environment is investigated in a series of laboratory experiments, performed for Froude numbers ranging from 0.01 to 1. The thickness and streamwise velocity profiles in quasi-steady currents are measured using a pH activated tracer (thymol blue) and found to compare favorably to simplified analytic solutions and numerical models. Currents flowing along sloping boundaries in a stratified background exhibit robust stability at all experimental Froude numbers. Such stability is in sharp contrast to the unequivocal instability of such currents flowing against vertical boundaries, or of currents flowing along slopes in a uniform background. The presence of a variety of wave mechanisms in the ambient medium might account for the slower and wider observed structures and the stability of the currents, by effecting the damping of disturbances through wave radiation.

  13. Cryogenic buoyancy-driven turbulence

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    Fluid turbulence is of considerable importance both fundamentally, as a paradigm for all nonlinear systems with many degrees of freedom, and in applications. In recent years there has been considerable effort to take advantage of some unique properties of low temperature liquid and gaseous helium. In particular, studies of turbulent thermal convection in conventional fluids have been aided by the use of low temperature helium which principally allows the limit of large Reynolds and Rayleigh numbers to be attained under controlled conditions. We discuss some directions and recent progress in these studies. (author)

  14. Dynamics of the Leeuwin Current: Part 2. Impacts of mixing, friction, and advection on a buoyancy-driven eastern boundary current over a shelf

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    Benthuysen, Jessica; Furue, Ryo; McCreary, Julian P.; Bindoff, Nathaniel L.; Phillips, Helen E.

    2014-03-01

    depth. When the timescale δt is sufficiently short, the poleward current is nearly barotropic. The current's spatial structure over the shelf is controlled by horizontal mixing, having the structure of a Munk layer. Increasing vertical diffusion deepens the upper layer thickness and strengthens the alongshore current speed. Bottom drag leads to an offshore flow along the bottom, reducing the net onshore transport and weakening the current's poleward acceleration. When δt is long, poleward advection of buoyancy forms a density front near the shelf break, intensifying poleward speeds near the surface. With bottom drag, a bottom Ekman flow advects density offshore, shifting the jet core offshore of the shelf break. The resulting cross-shelf density gradient reverses the meridional current's direction at depth, leading to an equatorward undercurrent.

  15. 水下训练航天服重心浮心间距的一种试验测试方法%A Test Method of Interval Between Centers of Gravity and Buoyancy of Underwater Training Spacesuit

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    皋宇翔; 黄伟芬; 马爱军; 刘巍; 张磊

    2013-01-01

    目的 测试水下训练航天服(含受试者)的重心、浮心间距.方法 水下试验中,采用移动活动配重的方法改变服装前倾角度,通过图像采集与处理,计算出水下训练航天服的重心、浮心间距.结果 某水下训练航天服的重心、浮心间距为3.52 cm.结论 本文提出了一种水下训练航天服重心、浮心间距的测试方法,首次对服装中性浮力状态进行了定量分析.建议水下训练航天服各运动组成部分应分别达到中性浮力状态,并提出了进一步的研究思路.%Objective To test the interval between centers of gravity and buoyancy of underwater training space-suit (including the training subject). Methods The pitch angle of the training spacesuit will change when moving the portable lead mass during underwater experiments, so the interval can be calculated by analyzing the images taken before and after the lead mass' s moving. Results The interval between the two centers in one underwater spacesuit is 3. 52 cm. Conclusion The test method is the first quantitative analysis of the neutral buoyancy status of the underwater training spacesuit. It is suggested that every movable part of the training spacesuit should be designed to achieve the neutral buoyancy status for the better weightlessness environment simulation, and some ideas for further researches are proposed in the end.

  16. Investigation on the compression properties of resin matrix deep-water buoyancy materials%树脂基深水浮力材料压缩性能研究

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    乔英杰; 韩哲; 陈俊英; 张印桐; 柯红军; 梁富浩

    2012-01-01

    To investigate the influence of hollow glass microsphere contents on compression property of resin matrix deep-water buoyancy materials and damage mechanism under compression, Mori-Tanaka and Turesanyi method were used to predict the effective elastic modulus and compressive strength of buoyancy material in this paper,respectively. The buoyancy materials were prepared by filling hollow glass microsphere with different contents into epoxy resin. Compressive tests of polyurethane syntactic foams with different volume fractions of hollow glass microspheres were carried out, and the results indicated that the compression strength decreased and the modulus increased with the increasing of volume fractions of hollow glass microspheres. The theoretical prediction agreed well with the test results. Moreover,the microstructures showed that the hollow beads break- age was responsible for buoyant materials failure.%为探究空心微珠填充量对树脂基深水浮力材料压缩性能的影响以及材料压缩破坏机理,基于Mori-Tanaka及Turesanyi方法对空心微珠填充环氧树脂基深水浮力材料的有效弹性模量及压缩强度进行了理论预测.制备了空心微珠填充环氧树脂基深水浮力材料,对不同空心微珠填充比的材料体系进行了单轴压缩试验,并通过扫描电镜观察了材料断裂面微观形貌.结果表明:随着空心微珠填充量增加,材料体系耐压强度降低,模量上升,且实验结果与理论预测吻合情况较好;空心微珠破损是深水浮力材料破坏的根本因素.

  17. The impact of non-local buoyancy flux on the convective boundary layer development as simulated by a 3-D TKE-based subgrid mixing scheme in a mesoscale model

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    Zhang, Xu; Bao, Jian-Wen; Chen, Baode

    2016-04-01

    This presentation highlights a study in which a series of dry convective boundary layer (CBL) simulations are carried out using a generalized 3-dimensional (3-D) TKE-based parameterization scheme of sub-grid turbulent mixing in the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. The simulated characteristics of dry CBL are analyzed for the purpose of evaluating this scheme in comparison with a commonly-used scheme for sub-grid turbulent mixing in NWP models (i.e., the Mellor-Yamada 1.5-order TKE scheme). The same surface layer scheme is used in all the simulations so that only the sensitivity of the WRF model to different parameterizations of the sub-grid turbulent mixing above the surface layer is examined. The effect of horizontal grid resolution on the simulated CBL is also examined by running the model with grid sizes of 200, 400 m, 600 m, 1 km and 3 km. We will first compare the characteristics of the simulated CBL using the two schemes with the WRF LES dataset. We will then illustrate the importance of including the non-local component in the vertical buoyancy specification in the 3-D TKE-based scheme. Finally, comparing the results from the simulations against coarse-grained WRF LES dataset, we will show the feasibility and advantage of replacing conventional planetary boundary layer parameterization schemes with a scale-aware 3-D TKE-based scheme in the WRF model.

  18. Titan Montgolfiere Buoyancy Modulation System Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Titan is ideally suited for balloon exploration due to its low gravity and dense atmosphere. Current NASA mission architectures baseline Montgolfiere balloon...

  19. Topology Optimization including Inequality Buoyancy Constraints

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    Picelli, R.; Van Dijk, R.; Vicente, W.M.; Pavanello, R.; Langelaar, M.; Van Keuen, A.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents an evolutionary topology optimization method for applications in design of completely submerged buoyant devices with design-dependent fluid pressure loading. This type of structures aid rig installations and pipeline transportation in all water depths in offshore structural engin

  20. Control of convection by dfferent buoyancy forces

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    2011-01-01

    This paper was presented at the 3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2011), which was held at the Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki in Greece. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Italian Union of Thermofluiddynamics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Thessaly, IPEM, the Process Intensification Network, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Heat Transfer Society, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group, and the Energy Institute. ...

  1. Buoyancy Driven Natural Ventilation through Horizontal Openings

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    Heiselberg, Per

    2009-01-01

    constant injection tracer gas technique. Smoke visualizations showed that the airflow patterns are highly transient and unstable, and that the airflow rate oscillates with time. Correlations between the Froude (Archimedes) number Fr (Ar) and the L/D ratio are presented. In some cases the measured airflow...

  2. Nonlinear Control of a Buoyancy Driven Airship

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    Wu, Xiaotao,; Moog, Claude; Marquez Martinez, L.

    2009-01-01

    The control of a new kind of airship is presented. By restricting its flight to a vertical plane, the athematical model is reduced. The simplified model is proved to be minimum phase, and a nonlinear controller based on inputoutput linearization is designed. Since the performance of the controller is significantly impacted by the choice of parameters, simulations of three different pole placement strategies are presented. The nonlinear controller shows better performances than a linear LQR co...

  3. Buoyancy-driven viscous flow with L

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    Nečas, J.; Roubíček, Tomáš

    2001-01-01

    Roč. 46, č. 99 (2001), s. 737-755. ISSN 0362-546X R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1075707 Institutional research plan: AV0Z1075907 Keywords : non-Newtonean fluids * heat equation * dissipative heat Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 0.406, year: 2001

  4. An experimental outcome that affects buoyancy

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    Refik Suat Işıldak

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This experiment was carried out to examine the relationship between the lifting force of a fluid and the shape of an object immersed in the fluid and the force of surface tension that acts on the surfaces that are in contact with the fluid. The experiment conducted established that lifting forces on an asymmetric object changed depending on the way the object had been immersed in the fluid and that such changes were caused by surface tension.

  5. Shell Model for Buoyancy-driven Turbulence

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    Kumar, Abhishek

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we construct shell models for convective turbulence, e.g., Rayleigh B\\'{e}nard convection, and stably-stratified turbulence. We simulate these models in the turbulent regime and show that the convective turbulence exhibits Kolmogorov spectrum for the kinetic energy, while the stably-stratified turbulence show Bolgiano-Obukhbov scaling.

  6. Shear-driven magnetic buoyancy oscillations

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    Vermersch, Violaine; 10.1002/asna.200911242

    2009-01-01

    The effects of uniform horizontal shear on a stably stratified layer of gas is studied. The system is initially destabilized by a magnetically buoyant flux tube pointing in the cross-stream direction. The shear amplifies the initial field to Lundquist numbers of about 200-400, but then its value drops to about 100-300, depending on the value of the sub-adiabatic gradient. The larger values correspond to cases where the stratification is strongly stable and nearly isothermal. At the end of the runs the magnetic field is nearly axisymmetric, i.e. uniform in the streamwise direction. In view of Cowling's theorem the sustainment of the field remains a puzzle and may be due to subtle numerical effects that have not yet been identified in detail. In the final state the strength of the magnetic field decreases with height in such a way that the field is expected to be unstable. Low amplitude oscillations are seen in the vertical velocity even at late times, suggesting that they might be persistent.

  7. Two Experimental Approaches of Looking at Buoyancy

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    Moreira, J. Agostinho; Almeida, A.; Carvalho, P. Simeao

    2013-01-01

    In our teaching practice, we find that a large number of first-year university physics and chemistry students exhibit some difficulties with applying Newton's third law to fluids because they think fluids do not react to forces. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)

  8. 模拟3~50 m快速上浮脱险训练对潜艇艇员听力的影响%Effects of simulated 3-50 m fast buoyancy ascent escape training on the hearing of the submariners

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    王海涛; 方以群; 唐志文; 姚健; 张和翔; 顾秀良

    2009-01-01

    Objective To study the effect of fast buoyancy ascent escape training on the heating of submariners. Methods Simulated fast buoyancy ascent escapes at depths of 3, 10, 30 and 50 meters were carried out by 10 submariners, with a total of 60 man times (at 3 and 10 m twice each depth). Bilateral eardrum tests and electro -audiometry were performed both before and after escape training. Results No abnormality was found in the eardrums. Statistical differences in heating thresholds could be found in the left ear at 125 and 250 Hz, and in both ears at 500 and 2000 Hz (P<0.05). Conclusions Rapid changes in air pressure during fast buoyancy ascent escape had certain effects on the heating of the submariners, with the decrease in hearing thresholds at low frequencies being the main effect.%目的 探讨快速上浮脱险对潜艇艇员听力的影响.方法 10名潜艇艇员分别进行了3、10、30、50 m深度60人次模拟快速上浮脱险训练(3 m和10 m各2次).训练前后检查潜艇艇员双侧鼓膜,并进行电测听检查.结果 鼓膜末见异常,左耳在125、250 Hz,双耳在500、2000 Hz的听阈差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 快速上浮脱险时的气压快速改变对潜艇艇员的听力有一定的影响,以低频听阈降低为主要表现.

  9. 一种有效的中性浮力下实验体姿态机动模拟控制律设计%An Effective Method for Designing Attitude Maneuver Analog Control Law with Neutral Buoyancy for Experimental Model

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    陈诗瑜; 袁建平; 方群

    2012-01-01

    In the ground simulation technology of space microgravity environment,by using water buoyancy to keep floating,neutral buoyancy can make a 6-DOF free motion with longtime and space similarity. The analog control with neutral buoyancy should be designed for complex underwater environment. In our opinion,theoretical validation and simulation for space missions with neutral buoyancy appear to be quite inadequate. Section 2 of the full paper explains the design method mentioned in the title,which we believe is effective and whose core consists of;" First, derive the equation of attitude dynamics based on hydrodynamics and moment of momentum theorem and derive the e-quation of attitude kinematics based on the relationship of quaternion and angular velocity. And then, on the basis of the dynamical equation under the perfect state,the attitude maneuver control law is designed by the Lyapunov approach, following a proof of asymptotic stability of the closed loop system. " Finally, simulation results, presented in Figs. 4 through 8 and Table 1, and their analysis show preliminarily that our design method is indeed effective.%在空间微重力环境的地面模拟技术中,中性浮力法利用水的浮力使实验体处于漂浮状态,可以提供六自由度运动模拟,并且可进行长时间的与空间十分相似的自由运动.因此可以采用该方法实现空间飞行器空间任务的地面模拟演示和功能验证.姿态控制作为空间任务的基本操作之一,其在中性浮力实验环境下的控制模拟非常重要,需要针对复杂的水下环境进行设计.目前针对水下航行器的研究非常广泛,但是专门针对中性浮力环境下空间任务模拟的研究并不多,缺少理论验证与仿真.本文针对中性浮力环境下实验体姿态机动模拟控制律设计问题进行研究.首先根据流体力学和动量矩定理推导出实验体的姿态动力学方程,根据四元数与角速度的关系得到实验体的姿态

  10. 浅深度空气预饱和对150m快速上浮脱险安全性的动物实验研究%Experimental research on the effects of air pre-saturation at shallow depths on safety of 150 m fast buoyancy ascent in submarine escape

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    陈锐勇; 李慈; 廖昌波; 袁恒荣; 何佳; 马骏; 陈海庭; 孙永军

    2014-01-01

    目的 探索不同深度空气预饱和后150 m快速上浮脱险的安全性.方法 山羊8只,体质量18 ~ 20 kg,逐次进行深度相对压力(后同)为60、70、80、120 kPa的预暴露后脱险实验.先加压到预饱和深度,然后采用类似150 m快速上浮脱险的快速加压、短暂停留和快速减压方式进行高气压暴露,比较暴露前后血管内气泡分级和临床表现.结果 60、70 kPa预饱和脱险后动物未见明显异常表现;80 kPa预饱和脱险后1只动物出现轻型减压病症状,未予治疗后自愈;120 kPa预饱和脱险后3只动物均检测到3级(Spenser分级)气泡音,其中1只4d后死亡,解剖见肺组织明显充血肿胀,大脑未见明显出血点及梗死病灶.结论 70 kPa空气预饱和后150 m快速上浮脱险是相对安全的;更大深度空气预饱和暴露后,虽然减压病发病概率较高,但致死原因可能主要为肺损伤.%Objective To explore the safety of 150 m fast buoyancy ascent in submarine escape following air saturation at various depths.Methods Eight adult goats with average body mass of 18-20 kg were used in our experiment.Followingpre-air-saturation at simulated depths of 60,70,80 and 120 kPa,the animals underwent a series of escape experiments.First,the experimental animals were pressurized to pre-airsaturation depths,then,received rapid pressurization in accordance with the 150 m fast buoyancy ascent profile,had a brief stop and were fast decompressed to the surface.After exposure,Doppler ultrasonic grading of vascular air bubbles and clinical manifestations were compared both before and after exposure.Results Following pre-air-saturation and escape at simulated depths of 60 and 70 kPa,no obvious abnormal manifestations could be seen in all the animals.However,following pre-air-saturation and escape at a simulated depth of 80 kPa,one animal displayed some light DCS symptoms,but was recovered without any treatment.Following pre-air-saturation and escape at a simulated

  11. Changes of blood pressure,pulse rate and respiratory rate in submariners following simulated air-breathing 3-50 m fast buoyancy ascent escape training%模拟3~50 m快速上浮脱险训练潜艇艇员血压、脉率和呼吸频率的变化

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    姚健; 顾秀良; 方以群; 张和翔; 陈锐勇; 孟淼; 袁恒荣; 王世锋; 马骏; 王海涛

    2010-01-01

    目的 观察模拟快速上浮脱险训练时潜艇艇员生命指征的变化.方法 分别进行了3、10、30、50 m 4个深度69人次的快速上浮脱险训练,于训练前、训练后即刻及出舱后10 min分别测定艇员的血压、脉率和呼吸频率.结果 训练后即刻艇员的收缩压、舒张压、脉率及呼吸频率与进舱前比较,绝大部分指标有所增加,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).在出舱后10 min各指标基本恢复正常.结论 模拟快速上浮脱险训练可增加艇员血压、脉率和呼吸频率,但均为一过性.本次脱险训练方案是安全可靠的.%Objective To observe effects of simulated air-breathing fast buoyancy ascent escape training on the vital signs of submariners.Methods A series of escape training,totaling 69 man-times were carried out at different depths of 3,10,30 and 50 m.Blood pressure,pulse rate and respiratory rate of the submariners were measured before training.the moment after termination of training and 10 min after surfacing from the escape chamber.Results When compared with those of pre-training,most of the indices concerning systolic pressure,diastolic pressure,pulse rate and respiratory rate of the submariners increased quite significantly,with statistical differences (P<0.01) the moment after termination of training.Nevertheless,the values almost returned to normal,10 minutes after training.Conclusions Simulated air-breathing fast buoyancy ascent could elevate blood pressure,pulse rate and respiratory rate of submariners.However,these changes were all transient.The profile of our submarine escape training proves to be safe and reliable.

  12. Buoyancy effects on morphological instability during directional solidification

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    Coriell, S. R.; Mcfadden, G. B.

    1989-01-01

    The onset of morphological instability during the directional solidification of a single-phase binary alloy at constant velocity vertically upwards is treated by a linear stability analysis. The case in which a heavier solute is rejected at the solidifying interface is considered, and the effect of natural convection on the critical concentration for the onset of instability is studied. For tin containing lead, a small destabilization of the system at low growth velocities, and a large increase in the wavelength of the instability at the onset are found. Calculations show that the destabilization is enhanced as the variation of density with solute concentration is reduced, and in the limit of neutrally-dense solute, there is a long wavelength instability for which the critical solute concentration is several orders of magnitude lower than that predicted by the Mullins and Sekerka (1964) analysis in the absence of convection. For the neutrally-dense solute, a simplified analysis indicates the roles played by the interface deformation and thermal convection in promoting the instability. In particular, the destabilization is very sensitive to the ratio of crystal and melt thermal conductivities.

  13. Buoyancy effects on the temperature field in downward spreading flames

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    Altenkirch, R. A.; Winchester, D. C.; Eichhorn, R.

    1982-01-01

    It is shown that flames which spread vertically down thermally thin fuels at the same Damkoehler number, and therefore have the same dimensionless spread rate, also have the same dimensionless temperature fields irrespective of differences in physical size. The Frey and Tien (1976) effects of pressure on flame size are due to the effects of pressure on the character of the induced buoyant flow.

  14. Buoyancy and g-modes in young superfluid neutron stars

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    Passamonti, A; Ho, W C G

    2015-01-01

    We consider the local dynamics of a realistic neutron star core, including composition gradients, superfluidity and thermal effects. The main focus is on the gravity g-modes, which are supported by composition stratification and thermal gradients. We derive the equations that govern this problem in full detail, paying particular attention to the input that needs to be provided through the equation of state and distinguishing between normal and superfluid regions. The analysis highlights a number of key issues that should be kept in mind whenever equation of state data is compiled from nuclear physics for use in neutron star calculations. We provide explicit results for a particular stellar model and a specific nucleonic equation of state, making use of cooling simulations to show how the local wave spectrum evolves as the star ages. Our results show that the composition gradient is effectively dominated by the muons whenever they are present. When the star cools below the superfluid transition, the support fo...

  15. Buoyancy Effects in Strongly-Pulsed, Turbulent Diffusion Flames

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    Hermanson, J. C.; Johari, H.; Ghaem-Maghami, E.; Stocker, D. P.; Hegde, U. G.

    2004-01-01

    The objective of this experiment is to better understand the combustion behavior of pulsed, turbulent diffusion flames by conducting experiments in microgravity. The fuel jet is fully-modulated (i.e., completely shut off between pulses) by an externally controlled valve system leading to enhanced fuel/air mixing compared to acoustically excited or partially-modulated jets. Experiments are conducted both in laboratories at UW and WPI and in the GRC 2.2s Drop Tower. A single fuel nozzle with diameter d = 2 mm is centered in a combustor 20 20 cm in cross section and 67 cm in height. The gaseous fuel flow (ethylene or a 50/50 ethylene/nitrogen mixture by volume) is fully-modulated by a fast-response solenoid valve with injection times from tau = 4 to tau = 300 ms. The nominal Reynolds number based on the fuel velocity during injection, U(sub jet), is 5,000. A slow oxidizer co-flow properly ventilates the flame and an electrically heated wire loop serves as a continuous ignition source. Diagnostic techniques include video imaging, fine-wire thermocouples and thermopile radiometers, and gas sampling and standard emissions instruments (the last in the laboratory only).

  16. Experimental study of buoyancy driven natural ventilation through horizontal openings

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    Heiselberg, Per; Li, Zhigang

    2007-01-01

    , respectively. The bidirectional air flow rate was measured using constant injection tracer gas technique. Smoke visualizations showed that the air flow patterns are highly transient, unstable and complex, and that air flow rates oscillate with time. Correlations between the Froude number Fr and the L/D ratio...

  17. Characteristics of Buoyancy Driven Natural Ventilation through Horizontal Openings

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    Li, Zhigang

    transient, unstable and complex, and the air flow rates oscillate with time. Correlations between the Froude number Fr and the opening ratio L/D are obtained, which is reasonable agreement with Epstein's formula derived from brine-water measurements, but the obtained Fr values show considerable deviations...... for a range of L/D ratios. Thus, the developed formulas are established. Meanwhile, the correlation  ratios. Thus, the developed formulas are established. Meanwhile, the correlation between the Archimedes number Ar and the opening ratio L / A are also determined. For the case of one horizontal opening...

  18. Modelling and Control of a Complex Buoyancy-Driven Airship

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    Wu, Xiaotao,; Moog, Claude; Márquez-Martínez, Luis Alejandro; Hu, Yueming

    2010-01-01

    The general model for a new generation airship is introduced from the model of an elementary mechanical system which embodies the core of the problem to more complex. It is shown that the basic properties of a suitable two degree of freedom mechanical system are instrumental for the analysis and synthesis of advanced airships. It is shown that the control of the airship mechanical system yields suitable approximations for the control of the airship subject to aerodynamic forces.

  19. On the instability of a buoyancy-driven downflow

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    Dai, Albert

    2015-09-01

    Gravity currents flowing downslope, namely downflows, were observed to have a larger scale instability on high slope angles and such violent instability was absent for downflows on low slope angles. By linear theory, it is found that two branches of instability occur for slope angle in the range of 0° < θ < 90°. The ensuing instability is on the upper branch for low slope angles and on the lower branch for high slope angles. There also exists a transitional slope angle, θE ≈ 0.04°, at which the onset instability switches from one branch to the other. The scale of instability is found to increase and tend to skew towards the upper edge of the downflow as the ensuing instability switches from the upper branch to the lower one. Our findings surprisingly resonate with previously reported observations. Critical Reynolds number, below which the flow is stable to infinitesimal disturbances, is found to increase as the slope angle decreases. The role played by the bottom slope is essentially twofold. On one hand, the downslope component of gravity acts as the driving force for downflows. On the other hand, the wall-normal component of gravity acts for the stratification effect. Therefore, as the slope angle decreases, the driving force diminishes and the stratification intensifies, which can explain that the critical Reynolds number increases as the slope angle decreases. When a downflow propagates onto a sufficiently low slope angle, the low driving force and intensified stratification effect would make the downflow less prone to sustain a turbulent state of flow, which ultimately leads to the final stage of a gravity current event.

  20. BUOYANCY HEAT TRANSFER IN STAGGERED DIVIDING SQUARE ENCLOSURE

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    Viktor I Terekhov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This study represents the results of numerical simulation of fluid motion and free-convective heat transfer in a square cavity with partitions mounted on the lower (heated and upper (cooled walls. The height of partitions and their heat conductivity were varied Kr = 2 ÷ 8000 together with Rayleigh number Ra = 103 ÷ 106, which corresponded to the laminar flow. It is assumed that vertical walls of the cavity are adiabatic, and its horizontal walls are kept at constant, but different temperatures. The numerical solution based on transformation of determining equations by the method of finite differences was achieved. The obtained results show that the surface-average heat transfer coefficient decreases with a rise of partition height due to the suppression of convection. Also the results show that with an increase in heat conductivity coefficient of partitions, the Nusselt number increases significantly. In addition, it was found that when the value of relative heat conductivity coefficient changes by four orders, Nu number for the highest partitions changes by the factor of 1.5 - 2 only and integral heat transfer through the whole interlayer increases with development of the heat exchanging area.