Numerical Calculation of the Fully Developed Turbulent Flow in an Axially Rotating Pipe With a Second-Moment Closure

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K.-J. Rinck, H. Beer

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Technische Thermodynamk, Petersenstr. 30, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany

J. Fluids Eng 120(2), 274-279 (Jun 01, 1998) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2820644 History: Received March 04, 1997; Revised January 12, 1998; Online December 04, 2007


The effect of axial tube rotation on the fully developed pipe flow is analyzed by a low-Reynolds-number turbulence closure and compared with experimental results. A flow which is initially turbulent is stabilized by the rotation leading to a laminarized mean axial velocity distribution. The applied second-moment closure reveals an encouraging ability to capture this phenomenon as well as other features of the mentioned flow configuration. The “rapid” part of the pressure-strain correlation model is found to have a significant influence on the numerical results and seems to be the key for further improvements concerning highly swirling flows.

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