A report discusses experiments on the flow of water along the interior of a transparent rotating cylindrical drum, the interior of which was partitioned into five cavities by disks with central holes and outer edges attached to the cylindrical drum wall. This water-flow model was designed to provide insight into the flow in the compressor drum cavity of an advanced, high-thrust engine. In the experiments, laser Doppler velocimetry was used to measure flow velocities.

This work was done by David G. N. Tse of Scientific Research Associates, Inc., for Lewis Research Center. To obtain a copy of the report, "Experimental Simulation of Buoyancy Effect Using Two Liquids in Turbomachinery Components," access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.techbriefs.com under the Physical Sciences category.

Inquiries concerning rights for the commercial use of this invention should be addressed to

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Ohio 44135.

Refer to LEW-16449.


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This article first appeared in the January, 1999 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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