A note on secondary flow in rotating radial channels

James J. Kramer, John D. Stanitz

A general vector differential equation for the vorticity component parallel to a streamline is derived for steady, nonviscous, and incompressible flow in a rotating system. This equation is then simplified by restricting it to rotating radial channels and by making further simplifying assumptions. The simplified equation is used to solve for the secondary vorticity, the vorticity component parallel to the streamline, in three special cases involving different streamtube geometries; the results are presented in a series of figures. The secondary vorticity is shown to decrease with decreased absolute angular velocity of the fluid, decreased inlet total-pressure gradient, decreased length of relative flow path, and increased relative velocity.

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