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 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 64 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ces.2008.10.011
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.254-264
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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.