Computation of Annular, Turbulent Flow With Rotating Core Tube

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B. I. Sharma, B. E. Launder

Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College, London, England

C. J. Scott

University of Minnesota, Milwaukee, Wis.

J. Fluids Eng 98(4), 753-758 (Dec 01, 1976) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448474 History: Received October 18, 1976; Online October 12, 2010


Numerical predictions are presented of fully-developed turbulent flow through a concentric annulus in which the core tube rotates about its axis. Comparisons are drawn with the extensive experimental data of Kuzay and Scott [1] which span Reynolds numbers from 1.7 to 104 to 6.5 × 104 and with rotational speeds of the core tube varying from zero to nearly 2.8 times the bulk axial velocity. Predictions have been obtained by means of an adapted version of the Patankar-Spalding [5], numerical procedure employing, as turbulent transport model, the version of the mixing length hypothesis applied by Koosinlin, Sharma and Launder [2] to flows on spinning cones and cylinders. Agreement with experiment is generally close at the higher relative swirl rates but the predictions of the swirling velocity profile deteriorate as the bulk flow rate is increased. The discrepancy seems to be due to the experimental data requiring a greater development length as the magnitude of the rotational velocity is reduced relative to that of the mean flow. Demonstrative developing-flow predictions are provided which exhibit closer agreement with the experimental data.

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