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The linear stability of oscillating pipe flow


Thomas, C and Bassom, AP and Blennerhassett, PJ, The linear stability of oscillating pipe flow, Physics of Fluids, 24, (1) Article 014106. ISSN 1070-6631 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2012 American Institute of Physics

DOI: doi:10.1063/1.3675899


An investigation is made of the three-dimensional linear stability of the Stokes layer generated within a fluid contained inside a long oscillating cylinder. Both longitudinal and torsional vibrations are examined and the system of disturbance equations derived using Floquet theory are solved using pseudospectral methods. Critical parameters for instability are obtained for an extensive range of pipe radii and longitudinal and azimuthal wavenumbers. For sufficiently small pipe diameters, three-dimensional perturbations are sometimes found to be more unstable than their two-dimensional counterparts. In contrast, at larger radii, the three-dimensional disturbance modes are less important and the two-dimensional versions are expected to be observed in practice. These results imply constraints on experiments that are designed to exhibit shear modes in oscillatory flow.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Mathematical Sciences
Research Group:Applied mathematics
Research Field:Theoretical and applied mechanics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
UTAS Author:Bassom, AP (Professor Andrew Bassom)
ID Code:105771
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-01-14
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