Taylor Vortices with Eccentric Rotating Cylinders

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THE stability of circumferential laminar flow between rotating concentric cylinders has been extensively investigated, the classical work being that of Taylor1. The effect of eccentric positioning of the cylinders, however, has received relatively little attention, although this further complication is of technological interest in connexion with operating journal bearings at very high speed in the so-called superlaminar regime. I have carried out experiments with an eccentrically positioned rotor inside a stator, the axes being parallel, and I have already described2 how the Taylor vortex pattern still appears, but with the critical speed raised appreciably above Taylor's value for concentric cylinders.

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  1. 1

    Taylor, G. I., Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc., A, 223, 289 (1923).

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    Cole, J. A., Proc. Conf. Lubrication and Wear, Inst. Mech. Eng., 16 (1957).

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    Cole, J. A., Proc. Second Australasian Conf. Hydraulics Fluid Mech., B 313 (1965).

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COLE, J. Taylor Vortices with Eccentric Rotating Cylinders. Nature 216, 1200–1202 (1967). https://doi.org/10.1038/2161200b0

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