An Experimental Investigation of Artificial Supercavitation
10 Pages Posted: 31 May 2018
Date Written: September 13, 2016
In this paper, we investigated physical characteristics of an artificial supercavity generated behind an axisymmetric cavitator. Experiments for the same model were carried out at two different cavitation tunnels of the Chungnam National University and the University of Minnesota, and the results were compared and verified with each other. We measured pressures inside the cavity and observed the cavity formation by using a high-speed camera. Cavitation parameters were evaluated in considering blockage effects of the tunnel, and gravitational effects on supercavity dimensions were examined. Cavity dimensions corresponding to the unbounded cavitation number were compared. Hysteresis effects appearing in both experiments were also investigated.
Keywords: Artificial supercavitation, closure, blockage, hysteresis
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