The methodology for hydrodynamic characterization of a very large water tunnel is described. Results are presented for the U. S. Navy William B. Morgan Large Cavitation Channel in Memphis, Tennessee, the world’s largest water tunnel. Three key characteristics of tunnel velocity were measured: , , and . The velocity stability at a single point for run times greater than 2 h was measured as at the 95% confidence level for velocities from 0.5 to . The spatial nonuniformity for the axial velocity component was to for velocities from 3 to . The relative turbulence intensity was measured as 0.2–0.5% depending on tunnel velocity.
Experimental Methods for Hydrodynamic Characterization of a Very Large Water Tunnel
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Park, J. T., Cutbirth, J. M., and Brewer, W. H. (July 22, 2005). "Experimental Methods for Hydrodynamic Characterization of a Very Large Water Tunnel." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. November 2005; 127(6): 1210–1214. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2060740
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