Surface-wave damping in a circular cylinder with a fixed contact line

D. M. Henderson, J. W. Miles

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The natural frequencies and damping ratios for surface waves in a circular cylinder are calculated on the assumptions of a fixed contact line, Stokes boundary layers, and either a clean or a fully contaminated surface. These theoretical predictions are compared with the measurements for the first six modes in a brimfull, sharp-edged cylinder of radius 2.77 cm and depth 3.80 cm. The differences between the predicted and observed frequencies were less than 0.5 % for all but the fundamental axisymmetric mode with a clean surface. The difference between the predicted and observed damping ratio for the dominant mode with a clean surface was 20%; this difference was significantly larger for the higher modes with a clean surface and for all of the modes with a contaminated surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-299
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Sep 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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