Alternating laminar and turbulent helical bands appearing in shear flows between counterrotating cylinders are accurately computed and the near-wall instability phenomena responsible for their generation identified for the first time. The computations show that this intermittent regime can only exist within large domains and that its spiral coherence is not dictated by endwall boundary conditions. A supercritical transition route, consisting of a progressive helical alignment of localised turbulent spots, is carefully studied. Subcritical routes disconnected from secondary laminar flows have also been identified.
CitacióMeseguer, Á. [et al.]. Instability mechanisms and transition scenarios of spiral turbulence in Taylor-Couette flow. "Physical review E, statistical physics, plasmas, fluids, and related interdisciplinary topics", Octubre 2009, vol. 80, núm. 4, p. 1-4.