Visual Observations and Torque Measurements in the Taylor Vortex Regime Between Eccentric Rotating Cylinders

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P. Castle

Institute of Tribology, University of Leeds, Leeds, England

F. R. Mobbs, P. H. Markho

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, England

J. of Lubrication Tech 93(1), 121-129 (Jan 01, 1971) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3451499 History: Received July 01, 1970; Online October 18, 2010


The instability of Taylor vortices in the flow between a stationary outer cylinder and an eccentric rotating inner cylinder has been investigated by visual observations and by torque measurements. It is shown that both a “weak” and “strong” wavy mode of instability can be detected by torque measurements, giving critical Taylor numbers in good agreement with visual observations.

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