Correct Understanding of the Helmholtz Decomposition in the Radial-Averaging Method for Describing Centrifugal Separation

Research paper by O. E. Aleksandrov

Indexed on: 01 Mar '04Published on: 01 Mar '04Published in: Atomic Energy


The theory of separation, based on radial averaging, in a Zippe centrifuge is developed. Certain aspects of the theory of the rotational potential and the errors in understanding the essence of the Helmholtz decomposition as it applies to a gas centrifuge are elucidated. It is shown that the Helmholtz decomposition method does not have cetain drawbacks of the classical theory of the radial averaging method and makes it possible to take account of the rotational flows due to the feed, find expicitly the transit flow distribution, take account of the radial nonuniformity, and take account of the radial convective transport of an isotope by the circulation and transit flows, and the method is not limited by the assumption that the feed flow is small.