Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 113, Issue 3, pp 573–578

Normal Fluid Velocity Profile and Transition from T-1 to T-2 State of Superfluid Turbulence

  • David J. Melotte
  • Carlo F. Barenghi

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022537103562

Cite this article as:
Melotte, D.J. & Barenghi, C.F. Journal of Low Temperature Physics (1998) 113: 573. doi:10.1023/A:1022537103562


It has been known for many years that in a circular counterflow pipe there exist two different states of turbulence of helium II: the T-1 state, which appears at low values of heat flux, and the T-2 state, which appears suddenly at higher heat flux and is characterized by a much higher density of quantized vortex lines. Until now the nature of the two turbulent states has been a mystery. To understand this problem we have addressed the issue of the velocity profile of the normal fluid and its stability. The computed critical heat flux of the transition from the T-1 state to the T-2 state is found to be in good agreement with the observations. The result indicates that in the T-1 state the superfluid is turbulent but the normal fluid is still laminar. The T-1 to T-2 transition corresponds to the onset of normal fluid turbulence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Melotte
    • 1
  • Carlo F. Barenghi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneNewcastle upon TyneEngland

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