Numerical investigation of vortex onset in supersonic Taylor-Couette flow

Bénédicte Larignon, Stefan Wernz, David B. Goldstein, Hermann F. Fasel

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The compressible flow between concentric cylinders, in the case where the inner cylinder is rotating and the outer one is at rest, has been computed using a pseudo-spectral/finite difference method. The objective of this research has been to explore the onset of turbulence in rarified supersonic gap flows for flywheel applications. Of particular interest is the impact of surface roughness on the development of Taylor vortices. For modeling the surface roughness, an immersed boundary method using an external force field was employed. The Navier-Stokes code was validated against results from the literature for a supersonic wide-gap flow. For validating the immersed boundary method, the rotor wall was replaced by a smooth offset wall modeled with an external force field. Very good agreement with the analytical solution for steady Couette flow was achieved. For reference, the growth of Taylor vortices in a narrow gap with smooth walls was studied first. Then, the external force field was used to create a riblet on the rotor in order to investigate the influence of the roughness of the rotor on the flow and more particularly on the onset of the instability in the gap. The most interesting feature is the early appearance of vortices for Taylor numbers where the flow with smooth walls is in the subcritical regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2005
Event43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 10 2005Jan 13 2005


Other43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityReno, NV

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  • Engineering(all)


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