The Effect of Rotary Arms on Corotating Disk Flow

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John Girard, Scott Abrahamson, Kevin Uznanski

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 110 Union St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

J. Fluids Eng 117(2), 259-262 (Jun 01, 1995) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2817138 History: Received November 08, 1993; Revised January 10, 1994; Online December 04, 2007


This investigation studied the impact of rotary style arms on the flow between corotating disks contained by a stationary cylindrical enclosure. Both ventilated and nonventilated hub configurations were considered. The particular geometry used represents a simplified model for common disk drives. Flow visualizations were performed over the Reynolds number range of 3.4 × 104 to 3.4 × 105 . The arms were observed to dramatically alter the flow field and to produce an azimuthal pressure gradient throughout the flow field. The dominant feature of the flow between two disks was the arm wake. Moreover, an exchange of fluid across the shroud opening, which provided arm access, was observed. Arm effects became stronger as the arm tips were positioned closer to the hub. The combination of arms and radial through flow was studied over a similar Reynolds number range. In this case, the flow field remained dominated by arm effects, although some effects arising from the radial flow were observed.

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