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Coefficient of Drag

by omertech
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Jan12-13, 04:29 AM
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I understood that in low velocities the standrad drag equation:
Could linearized to something like:
I am looking for the drag coefficient(either γ or Cd) for either a prolate or a tri-axial ellipsoid at low velocities (less than 0.5 m/s) in water. I found some papers providing drag coefficients for relatively high velocities but none with drag coefficients for low velocities.

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Jan12-13, 12:26 PM
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For spheres, the drag coefficient at low velocities can be determined analytically, see e.g. the book of Clift, Grace and Weber - Bubbles, Drops and Particles or Happel and Brenner, Low Reynolds number hydrodynamics. It is
With the Reynolds number
[itex]\mathrm{Re}=\frac{\rho v D}{\mu}[/itex]

Because A is the cross-sectional surface of the sphere, the force can be written as:
[itex]F_d=3\pi \mu D v[/itex], which is known as Stokes' law.

The drag of a nonspherical particle depends on its orientation with respect to the mean flow.

For a prolate with aspect ratio E=b/a and oriented such that that the short axis with length a (from center to edge) is in the direction of the flow, the drag component is approximately
[itex]F_d=1.2\pi \mu (4+E) a v[/itex].

Note that when E=1, then 2a=D and Stokes' result is recovered. The derivation is for instance in Happel and Brenner's book.

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