A Finite-Element Study of Newtonian and Power-Law Fluids in Conical Channel Flow

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S. H. Garrioch

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2K6, Canada

D. F. James

University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A4, Canada

J. Fluids Eng 119(2), 341-346 (Jun 01, 1997) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2819139 History: Received October 27, 1995; Revised October 07, 1996; Online December 04, 2007


A numerical study of Newtonian and shear-thinning fluids in high-speed, laminar flow through a conical channel is presented. Using a variety of cone-angles and Reynolds numbers on the order of 100, converging flow is mapped according to several characteristics: the angle at which separation occurs at the cone outlet, the extent to which sink-flow is approximated, and the pressure drop through the cone. While the data provides a fundamental description of conical flow, it may be of particular usefulness to rheologists in establishing an inelastic baseline for a converging-flow rheometer.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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