Evolution of Instrumentation for Taylor-Couette Flow

  • Russell J. Donnelly
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 297)


The organizers of this meeting discussed with me some time ago just what they would like to hear about. I recognized the wish to provide some long term perspective on our field, and I ventured to suggest an overview of experimental techniques might be of some interest. I would like to make the point that the study of Taylor-Couette flow has almost inevitably brought forth the highest level of experimental technique from the very beginning. I will try to illustrate that fact by showing you examples of a wide variety of instrumentation from the last 100 years of our subject.


Couette Flow Outer Cylinder Torque Measurement Taylor Vortex Laser Doppler Velocimeter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell J. Donnelly
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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