Calculation of Developing Turbulent Flows in a Rotating Pipe

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G. J. Yoo, R. M. C. So

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287

B. C. Hwang

David Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center, Annapolis, MD 21402

J. Turbomach 113(1), 34-41 (Jan 01, 1991) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2927735 History: Received May 01, 1989; Online June 09, 2008


Internal rotating boundary-layer flows are strongly influenced by large circumferential strain and the turbulence field is anisotropic. This is especially true in the entry region of a rotating pipe where the flow is three dimensional, the centrifugal force due to fluid rotation is less important, and the circumferential strain created by surface rotation has a significant effect on the turbulence field near the wall. Consequently, viscous effects cannot be neglected in the near-wall region. Several low-Reynolds-number turbulence closures are proposed for the calculation of developing rotating pipe flows. Some are two-equation closures with and without algebraic stress correction, while others are full Reynolds-stress closures. It is found that two-equation closures with and without algebraic stress correction are totally inadequate for this three-dimensional flow, while Reynolds-stress closures give results that are in good agreement with measurements over a wide range of rotation numbers.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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