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Investigation of Boundaries for Transitions from Axial to Two-Dimensional Flow by Electrical Analogy


Kampé de Fériet, Marc (1953) Investigation of Boundaries for Transitions from Axial to Two-Dimensional Flow by Electrical Analogy. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/RRZH-NR37.


A study on a series of axially symmetric potential flows in radial-flow impeller channels has been made with the aid of an electrical analogy. An electrolytic tank was built and tested with flows for which the mathematical solution was known. The experimental determination of velocity along the boundaries was within one percent of the exact value.

Velocity distributions on families of impeller channels with ellipsoidal boundaries were then obtained. The parameters varied were inlet to outlet area ratio and eccentricity of the bounding ellipses. These results are presented as graphs and in addition the maximum velocity along the front shroud is given as a function of the various parameters.

This analogy was also applied to a well designed commercial impeller channel and the results compared to the preceding study.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Mechanical Engineering
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Plesset, Milton S.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1953
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-04242003-094814
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ID Code:1488
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Deposited On:24 Apr 2003
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