Recirculation Zones in a Cylindrical Container

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Craig C. Jahnke

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Daniel T. Valentine

Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5725

J. Fluids Eng 120(4), 680-684 (Dec 01, 1998) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2820723 History: Received November 05, 1997; Revised July 07, 1998; Online December 04, 2007


The flow field induced inside a cylindrical container by the rotation of the two end walls is described. It is shown that stagnation points leading to separation bubbles occur on the axis of rotation and/or the bottom end wall for certain ranges of the characteristic parameters; the Reynolds number, the aspect ratio of the container, and the ratio of the rotation rates of the end walls. Flow fields in a container of aspect ratio 2.0 are examined for Reynolds numbers from 100 to 3000 and ratios of the rotation rates of the top and bottom end walls from −0.10 to 1.0. For a range of ratios of the rotation rates of the top and bottom end walls and Reynolds numbers it is shown that ring vortices surrounding a columnar vortex core exist.

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