Significance of the Vortex Breakdown Phenomenon

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T. B. Benjamin

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

J. Basic Eng 87(2), 518-522 (Jun 01, 1965) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3650590 History: Received August 10, 1964; Online November 03, 2011


The essential points in the author’s published theory of this phenomenon are summarized, and their implications with regard to longitudinal vortex flows in general are reviewed. The primary aim is to emphasize the physical principles which underlie the theory, and most of the mathematical details are passed over here. It is proposed that these principles serve to rationalize a wide variety of possible behavior in swirling flows.

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