Phenomena

Wavy Vortices

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Shown above is the flow between two concentric cylinders (Taylor-Couette flow). In the laminar regime, the velocity profile between the two cylinders is linear. As the rate of rotation of the inner cylinder increases, the flow develops toroidal vortices known as Taylor vortices, seen in the video above after 9 seconds or so. This is a fluid instability exhibited by transitional flow. Increasing the rotational rate further can result in wavy Taylor vortex flow. At high enough speeds, the flow will become completely turbulent.

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