Pressure-driven radial flow in a Taylor-Couette cell

Nils Tilton, Denis Martinand*, Eric Serre, Richard M. Lueptow

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A generalized solution for pressure-driven flow through a permeable rotating inner cylinder in an impermeable concentric outer cylinder, a situation used commercially in rotating filtration, is challenging due to the interdependence between the pressure drop in the axial direction and that across the permeable inner cylinder. Most previous approaches required either an imposed radial velocity at the inner cylinder or radial throughflow with both the inner and outer cylinders being permeable. We provide an analytical solution for rotating Couette-Poiseuille flow with Darcy's law at the inner cylinder by using a small parameter related to the permeability of the inner cylinder. The theory works for suction, injection and even combined suction/injection, when the axial pressure drop in the annulus is such that the transmembrane pressure difference reverses sign along the axial extent of the system. Corresponding numerical simulations for finite-length systems match the theory very well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-537
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Taylor-Couette flow
  • materials processing flows

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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