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Numerical study of spin-up dynamics of a liquid metal stirred by rotating magnetic fields in a cylinder with the upper free surface

P. Nikrityuk , K. Eckert , R. Grundmann

Institute for Aerospace Engineering, Dresden University of Technology D-01062 Dresden, Germany

The spin-up from rest of an isothermal liquid metal driven by a rotating magnetic field is examined by means of numerical simulations of the axisymmetric Navier-Stokes equations. The geometry studied is a cylindrical cavity with an upper free surface and the aspect ratio equal to unity. The magnetic Taylor numbers comprise the range 103 to 106. We identify three different flow regimes including a Stokes regime, a non-linear and an oscillatory regime, which occur in dependence on the time and the magnetic Taylor number. We discuss the flow structure and determine the characteristic times required for the flow to be fully developed. Tables 2, Figs 14, Refs 32.

Magnetohydrodynamics 40, No. 2, 127-146, 2004 [PDF, 1.74 Mb]

Copyright: Institute of Physics, University of Latvia
Electronic edition ISSN 1574-0579
Printed edition ISSN 0024-998X