Title

Theoretical Analysis on the Secondary Flow in a Rotating Helical Pipe with an Elliptical Cross Section

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-21-2005

Publication Title

Journal of Fluids Engineering

Volume

128

Issue

2

First page number:

258

Last page number:

265

Abstract

In the present study, the flow in a rotating helical pipe with an elliptical cross section is considered. The axes of the elliptical cross section are in arbitrary directions. Using the perturbation method, the Navier-Stokes equations in a rotating helical coordinate system are solved. The combined effects of rotation, torsion, and geometry on the characteristics of secondary flow and fluid particle trajectory are discussed. Some new and interesting conclusions are obtained, such as how the number of secondary flow cells and the secondary flow intensity depends on the ratio of the Coroilis force to the centrifugal force. The results show that the increase of torsion has the tendency to transfer the structure of secondary flow into a saddle flow, and that the incline angle α increases or decreases the secondary flow intensity depending on the resultant force between the Corilois force and centrifugal force.

Keywords

Centrifugal force; Fluid dynamics; Rotational motion; Torsion

Disciplines

Fluid Dynamics | Mechanical Engineering

Language

English

Permissions

Use Find in Your Library, contact the author, or interlibrary loan to garner a copy of the item. Publisher policy does not allow archiving the final published version. If a post-print (author's peer-reviewed manuscript) is allowed and available, or publisher policy changes, the item will be deposited.

Identifier

DOI: 10.1115/1.2169818

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