Would anyone be able to run an air flow simulation through the following geometry at 100 cc/min? I'm curious if any dead spots occur and if the geometry of the annular gap will produce laminar flow.


Dimensions are in inches.

Reynold's number analysis:

Hydraulic Diameter* = 0.003 in = 7.62E-5 m Absolute Viscosity of Air at 20.2C = 1.983E-5 N-s/m^2 Density of Air at 20C = 1.293 kg/m^3 Mean Velocity = => A_cs = 0.004089 cm^2 => Q = 100 cc/min => V = 24455.9 cm/min = 4.076 m/s


Re = (rhoVD)/nu = (1.293 kg/m^3 * 4.076 m/s * 7.62E-5 m) / 1.983E-5 N-s/m^2 Re = 20.25

  • $\begingroup$ Have you thought about calculating to see if you will get laminar flow? $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 10 '19 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ I have and am getting some odd Reynold's numbers. Based on the above geometry and flow rate of 100 cc/min, how would you calculate the Reynold's number? $\endgroup$
    – Gordon
    Apr 10 '19 at 17:02
  • $\begingroup$ Show your analysis for the Reynolds number... $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Apr 10 '19 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ I edited the post to reflect my Reynolds number analysis. I think I may be having a fundamental issue with what the cross-sectional area of an annular gap is and/or what to use for the hydraulic diameter. $\endgroup$
    – Gordon
    Apr 11 '19 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ @SolarMike Any ideas? $\endgroup$
    – Gordon
    Apr 12 '19 at 13:34

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