söndag 10 juli 2011

Large Boundary Layer Collider: Why Prandtl Was Wrong 3

Part of the Large Boundary Layer Collider at the European Spallation Source in Lund, Sweden.

According to Ludwig Prandtl, named the father of modern fluid mechanics, both drag and lift of a body moving through air or water originate for a thin boundary layer.

This is the fundamental postulate of modern fluid mechanics formulated in 1904, but it is now being questioned. Is modern fluid mechanics based on a postulate which is does not correspond to physical reality?

The answer may be given by the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden: The world's biggest proton accelerator (see picture).

The idea is to eliminate the boundary layer by bombarding it with high energy protons, and once the boundary layer has been removed completely this way, drag and lift will be measured. If drag and lift remain the same under removal of the boundary layer, then drag and lift do not originate from any boundary layer, and modern fluid mechanics is based on incorrect physics.

But ESS will not be ready to use before 2020, and thus it is natural to ask if there is some other quicker and cheaper way of eliminating a boundary layer? Yes, there is. But what is it?

Follow the thrilling uncovering of one of modern physics most well kept secrets...

PS An alternative to ESS would be to use liquid helium with next to zero viscosity, but to reach a sufficiently large Reynolds number, the dimension of the experiment needs to be 10 times bigger than that of the Large Hadron Collider and thus is out of reach, for the moment at least.
But as UN global warming alarmism is now fading away maybe this experiment could become the next big initiative by the UN backed by EU. DS

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