Mathematical expressions are derived for flow velocities and pressure distributions for a laminar flow in the gap between two rotating concentric disks. Fluid enters the gap between disks at the center and diverges to the outer periphery. The Navier–Stokes equations are linearized in order to get closed-form solution. The present solution is applicable to the flow between corotating as well as contrarotating disks. The present results are in agreement with the published data of other investigators. The tangential velocity is less for contrarotating disks than for corotating disks in core region of the radial channel. The flow is influenced by rotational inertia and convective inertia both. Dominance of rotational inertia over convective inertia causes backflow. Pressure depends on viscous losses, convective inertia, and rotational inertias. Effect of viscous losses on pressure is high at small throughflow Reynolds number. The convective and rotational inertia influence pressure significantly at high throughflow and rotational Reynolds numbers. Both favorable and unfavorable pressure gradients can be found simultaneously depending on a combination of parameters.
Closed Form Solution for Outflow Between Corotating Disks
Contributed by the Fluids Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF FLUIDS ENGINEERING. Manuscript received July 13, 2015; final manuscript received December 10, 2015; published online March 23, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Daniel Maynes.
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Singh, A. (March 23, 2016). "Closed Form Solution for Outflow Between Corotating Disks." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. May 2016; 138(5): 051203. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4032322
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