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Design Considerations in the Development of a Modern Cavitation Tunnel


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Brandner, PA, Lecoffre, Y and Walker, GJ 2007 , 'Design Considerations in the Development of a Modern Cavitation Tunnel', paper presented at the 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 2-7 December, 2007, Crown Plaza, Gold Coast, Australia.

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The specification and overall design of the new Australian
Maritime College Cavitation Tunnel is presented. This facility
has been funded under the Australian Government Major
National Research Facilities Program as part of the Australian
Maritime Hydrodynamics Research Centre (AMHRC). The
AMHRC is a joint venture between the Australian Maritime
College, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and
the University of Tasmania. The facility has been developed for
naval hydrodynamics research with particular emphasis on the
modelling of cavitating and turbulent flow physics. Development
of circuit architecture and components are discussed in detail as
well as ancillary systems. The facility’s specific capabilities
include the ability to strictly control circuit water gas content
(both dissolved and free), continuous high-volume injection and
separation of incondensable gases, control of the boundary layer
on one wall of the test section, and low background noise and
vibration levels.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Brandner, PA and Lecoffre, Y and Walker, GJ
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