The Coriolis force effect on molten silicon convection in a rotating crucible

Kakimoto Koichi, Watanabe Masahito, Eguchi Minoru, Hibiya Taketoshi

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Silicon single crystals are usually grown from melt in a rotating crucible by the Czochralski method. The purpose of the present paper is to make the velocity profile in the azimuthal direction clear. The flow velocity profile has been obtained from numerical simulation and flow visualization by X-ray radiography. Numerical simulation and experimental flow visualization have made it clear that the flow in the azimuthal direction is modulated by the Coriolis force because the radial flow velocity is relatively high. The azimuthal flow velocity near a crucible wall has a smaller (or negative) value compared with the angular velocity of the crucible, while the flow with a larger azimuthal velocity exists in the center of the crucible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2551-2555
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1992
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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