Does molecular rotation affect the transition Reynolds number?

Christopher M. White, Katepalli R. Sreenivasan

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We examine recent claims that the molecular rotation, which manifests itself in the form of bulk viscosity, has a measurable effect on the transition Reynolds number in pipe flow. We also conduct new experiments using argon. We conclude that the effects, if they exist at all, are negligibly small for the conditions of the experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-327
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 16 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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