Predictions of Momentum Transfer Between Rotating Cylinders: The Narrow Gap Problem

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I. Catton, P. Ayyaswamy

School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 39(1), 33-35 (Mar 01, 1972) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3422663 History: Received May 04, 1970; Revised November 17, 1970; Online July 12, 2010


The contributions to momentum transfer by secondary motion, which arises beyond the marginal state of stability in a layer of fluid confined between rotating cylinders is calculated by an integral method. The procedure invokes the “shape assumption” due to Stuart. Results are presented in terms of an effective viscosity to molecular viscosity ratio that is a function of Taylor number. Comparison with experiment is found to be excellent over a wide range of values of the Taylor number (up to 1000 times the critical value).

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