Dynamic Behaviors of Liquid in Partially Filled Tank in Short-term Microgravity

Published on Dec 1, 2018in Microgravity Science and Technology1.97
· DOI :10.1007/s12217-018-9642-5
Ji-Cheng Li1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Hai Lin1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
+ 2 AuthorsWen-Rui Hu8
Estimated H-index: 8
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
The oscillation of liquid/gas free surface in a partially filled storage tank caused by an abrupt drop of gravity level is of critical importance for the fluids management in space. In present study we investigate the dynamic behavior of free surface in tank models (tubes) using water as the working medium utilizing the Drop Tower Beijing, which can provide a 3.6s short-term microgravity condition. Meanwhile, the corresponding numerical simulation using volume of fluids (VOF) methods was carried out. It is shown that the dynamic behavior of free surface, which belongs to the typical phenomenon of capillary flow, is affected by the properties of working medium and the geometry and surface properties of the storage tank (especially the contact angle) jointly. The numerical simulation could capture the major characteristic oscillation frequency of free surface revealed by experiment. The oscillation frequency of free surface increases with the increasing air fraction and remains nearly constant at large air fraction. For the same air fraction, the oscillation frequency significantly increases with the decreasing tank diameter.
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J. J. Monaghan44
Estimated H-index: 44
(Monash University),
Catherine Me riaux13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Monash University)
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Mingle Deng1
Estimated H-index: 1
(BIT: Beijing Institute of Technology),
Baozeng Yue5
Estimated H-index: 5
(BIT: Beijing Institute of Technology)
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Florian Zwicke1
Estimated H-index: 1
(RWTH Aachen University),
Sebastian Andreas Eusterholz1
Estimated H-index: 1
(RWTH Aachen University),
Stefanie Nicole Elgeti8
Estimated H-index: 8
(RWTH Aachen University)
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M. Chiba2
Estimated H-index: 2
(OPU: Osaka Prefecture University),
H. Magata1
Estimated H-index: 1
(OPU: Osaka Prefecture University)
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Li Yongqiang5
Estimated H-index: 5
(NU: Northeastern University),
Cao Wen-Hui1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NU: Northeastern University),
Liu Ling1
Estimated H-index: 1
(NU: Northeastern University)
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Estimated H-index: 5
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences),
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Estimated H-index: 5
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Estimated H-index: 18
(CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)
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Mohammad Kassemi11
Estimated H-index: 11
Olga Kartuzova4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Glenn Research Center),
Sonya Hylton2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Zhe Sun3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Southampton),
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Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Southampton)
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Estimated H-index: 3
(Lloyd's Register)
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Zhicheng Zhou2
Estimated H-index: 2
(CAST: China Academy of Space Technology),
Hua Huang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CAST: China Academy of Space Technology)
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Estimated H-index: 12
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Estimated H-index: 4
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Estimated H-index: 1
(Halla University)
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Estimated H-index: 3
(SJTU: Shanghai Jiao Tong University),
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Estimated H-index: 7
(SJTU: Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
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Estimated H-index: 21
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Estimated H-index: 14
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Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Toulouse),
Mathieu Lepilliez3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Airbus Defence and Space)
+ 7 AuthorsJean Mignot1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Centre National D'Etudes Spatiales)
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