The subject of turbulence in bearings is critically surveyed. Both experimental and theoretical investigations are discussed. It is noted that beyond the laminar range, Taylor vortices develop. Some vortex structure exists even up to the highest Reynolds numbers. This suggests that the turbulence in bearings is much different from that which is found in other flows such as pipes or boundary layers. Unfortunately, the theoretical models have been based on mixing length or "law of the wall" information. A call is made for experimental information to formulate new theory applicable to bearings.
Saibel, E. A. and Macken, N. A., "A Critical Survey of Turbulence in Bearings" (1971). Symposia on Turbulence in Liquids. 77.
Symposium on Turbulence in Liquids (1971: Oct. 4-6, Rolla, MO)
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
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