General solution for the Couette flow profile

Phys. Rev. E 60, 6192 – Published 1 November 1999
Michael C. Wendl


A general solution for the Couette velocity profile is reported. Taylor’s classical one-dimensional profile is shown to be a special case of this solution for configurations whose aspect ratio is large. Numerical evaluation indicates that error between the two profiles is a logarithmic function of the aspect ratio and provides data to estimate when Taylor’s profile should be replaced with the present solution.


  • Received 2 June 1999
  • Published in the issue dated November 1999

© 1999 The American Physical Society

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Michael C. Wendl

  • Washington University, 4444 Forest Park Boulevard, Box 8501, Saint Louis, Missouri 63108

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