A centrifuge for studies of fluid dynamics phenomena in a rotating frame of reference

M. Vargas, E. Ramos, G. Ascanio, R. Espejel, G. Esquivel, G. Hernández-Cruz


A centrifuge for the study of fluid mechanics phenomena in a rotating frame has been constructed at the Center for Energy Research at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). The centrifuge has a 1.5 $m$ long arm and is designed to rotate at a maximum rate of $86$ $rpm$ which corresponds to a maximum centrifugal acceleration of $13$ $g$. This paper describes the mechanical characteristics of the centrifuge and its instrumentation. The potential of the system for performing fluid mechanics experiments in a rotating frame of reference is also discussed and sample results of natural convection in a cavity are presented.


Centrifuge; fluid dynamics; microgravity; natural convection; Coriolis force

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Revista Mexicana de Física

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