Turbulent flow between concentric rotating cylinders at large Reynolds number

Daniel P. Lathrop*, Jay Fineberg, Harry L. Swinney

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Turbulent Taylor vortex flow is studied in experiments for Reynolds numbers 103<R<106. Simple scaling of the torque with Reynolds number is m/Inot observed for any range of R, although the characteristic time scales and the transport of passive scalars are found to scale with the global torque measurements. Above a nonhysteretic transition observed at R=1.3×104, the torque has a Reynolds number dependence similar to the drag observed in wall-bounded shear flows such as pipe flow and flow over a flat plate.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1515-1518
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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