Analysis of the Buoyant Plume Above a Heated Horizontal Cylinder in a Free Convection Flow (thesis)
Tessier, Frank Andrew, Jr.
Washington and Lee University -- Honors in Engineering
Plumes (Fluid dynamics)
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Thesis; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Frank Andrew Tessier, Jr. is a member of the Class of 2011 of Washington and Lee University.Years of experimentation have confirmed that the buoyant plume above a heated horizontal source sways [1-15]. The plume generally begins as a plane near the cylinder and forms a sinusoidal, oscillating wave as it rises towards the surface. Several experiments have confirmed the sinusoidal nature of the plume's structure [7, 8]. However, this thesis will present new data on the formation and specific characteristics of this structure and formulate a hypothesis for how the features in the flow affect the structure.