Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 393–399 | Cite as

Experimental and numerical study of a spiral structure at the periphery of an aspirated rotor–stator cavity

  • David RémyEmail author
  • Daniel Buisine
Research Article


The purpose of this paper is to study the range of existence, the process of transition and the phase velocity of the spiral structure in an aspirated rotor–stator cavity. Experience shows that for a given flow rate and rotation, a whole range of azimuthal wave numbers are possible. Some are highly stable while others on the fringes of this range are subject to multiple transitions that depend on the fluctuations of the flow. Numerical simulation offers the advantage of enabling control over the wave number and the disturbance of the flow. Both approaches enable us to better understand the dynamics of this instability.


Reynolds Number Phase Velocity Spiral Structure Ekman Layer Axial Speed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Mécanique de Lille UMR CNRS 8107Université des Sciences et Technologies de LilleVilleneuve d’AscqFrance

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