Predicting laminar-turbulent transition in Poiseuille pipe flow for non-Newtonian fluids


Guzel B. , Frigaard I., Martinez D. M.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, vol.64, no.2, pp.254-264, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 64 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ces.2008.10.011
  • Title of Journal : CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.254-264

Abstract

We present a new phenomenological approach for quantifying laminar-turbulent transition in pipe flow. This criterion is based on averaging a local Reynolds number to give Re-G. Our localised parameter shows strong radial variations that are maximal at approximately the radial positions where puffs first appear during the first stages of turbulent transition. We present comparative data for experiments conducted with Glycerin, Xanthan and Carbopol solutions, each of which serves to demonstrate the validity of our approach. Crown Copyright (C) 2008 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.