Reduction of Ekman circulation within Taylor-Couette flow

M. J. Burin, H. Ji, E. Schartman, R. Cutler, P. Heitzenroeder, W. Liu, L. Morris, S. Raftopolous

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We demonstrate experimentally that independently rotating intermediary end-rings between the cylinders of a Taylor-Couette apparatus can be utilized to reduce friction-driven secondary flow, i.e. Ekman circulation. This allows for velocity profiles in a device of small aspect ratio to be less constrained by 'end effects', so that the resulting wide-gap flows can be made to have a radial distribution of circumferential velocity that resembles a narrow-gap Couette solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)962-966
Number of pages5
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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    Burin, M. J., Ji, H., Schartman, E., Cutler, R., Heitzenroeder, P., Liu, W., Morris, L., & Raftopolous, S. (2006). Reduction of Ekman circulation within Taylor-Couette flow. Experiments in Fluids, 40(6), 962-966.