Patent Number: 6,305,399

Title: Method for reducing dissipation rate of fluid ejected into boundary layer

Abstract: Skin friction reduction on a surface moving relative to a fluid can be obtained by ejecting a polymer--water mixture/solution into the boundary layer. The efficacy of the ejected polymer--water mixture/solution is closely related to polymer dissipation out of the boundary layer and conditioning (i.e, lengthening, unwinding or stretching) of the polymer molecules by liquid shear forces immediately before ejection. The invention is a method and apparatus for conditioning and ejecting a polymer--water mixture/solution that improves drag reduction characteristics of the mixture/solution and maintains the mixture/solution in the boundary layer for as long as possible. By improving the drag-reduction characteristics of the polymer--water mixture/solution and by extending the time it remains in the near-wall region, the ejector can increase the performance and reduce the volume and storage requirements of a drag-reduction system Although this invention was intended for polymer--water mixture/solution ejection, it can be used for ejection of any substance into a flowing fluid.

Inventors: Babenko; Victor V. (Kiev, UA)

Assignee: Cortana Corporation

International Classification: B63B 1/00 (20060101); B63B 1/34 (20060101); F15D 1/12 (20060101); F15D 1/00 (20060101); F42B 19/12 (20060101); F42B 19/00 (20060101); F17D 001/08 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018