Drag reduction, effects of polymer degradation and mean flow characteristics of a series of drag reducing polymer flows using tap water as the solvent were obtained using a laser Doppler velocimeter and a pressure transducer. A closed-loop flow system, using a centrifugal pump for recirculation of the flow, allowed a study of the degradation of the 10, 20, 40, 50 and 100 ppm concentrations of Separan AP-30 polymer injected into the flow. Results indicate a significant degradation for all concentrations after just one pass through the flow system. For subsequent passes through the system the non-linear degradation of the polymer flow is observed asymptotically approaching the wall shear stress value of water. Velocity profiles at maximum drag reduction for 10, 20 and 40 ppm concentrations were obtained. An analysis of the optical system used was presented. A complete description of the signal processing system was given.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored in part by Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Department of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109

    Office of Naval Research

    Department of the Navy, 800 North Quincy Street
    Arlington, VA  United States  22217
  • Authors:
    • Fitzgerald, P D
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Pagination: 84 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00072428
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PhD Thesis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 27 1974 12:00AM