Stabilization effects in flow through helically coiled pipes

K. R. Sreenivasan, P. J. Strykowski

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When a flow through a straight pipe is passed through a coiled section, two stabilizing effects come into play. First, in a certain Reynolds number range, the flow that is turbulent in the straight pipe becomes completely laminar in the coiled section. Second, the stabilization effect of the coil persists to a certain degree even after the flow downstream of the coil has been allowed to develop in a long straight section. In this paper, we report briefly on aspects related to these two effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1983


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