Ahlstrom, Harlow G. (1963) Experiments on the upstream wake in magnetofluid dynamics. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12082005-111323
Measurements have been made of the perturbation magnetic field in front of a semi-infinite Rankine body moving parallel to a uniform impressed magnetic field in a conducting fluid. The purpose of these experiments was to investigate the so-called upstream wake effect which has been predicted by theory. It is believed that these are the first experiments in which the upstream wake was observed. Although the wake was found to exist as predicted when the Alfven number is greater than one, its decay behavior was remarkably different from that which was predicted. The solutions for infinite medium predicted that in the wake the perturbations should decay inversely as the distance from the body. However the experiments showed that the perturbations decayed exponentially. It was finally shown that this change in the decay behavior was an effect of the walls and the conducting material surrounding the fluid.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Engineering and Applied Science|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||1 January 1963|
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|Deposited On:||09 Dec 2005|
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