- Morton, J. B. and Shaughnessy, E. J., WAVES IN A GAS IN SOLID-BODY ROTATION.,
Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 56 no. Part 2
pp. 277 - 286 .
(last updated on 2007/04/06)
The axial and transverse wave motions of an inviscid perfect gas in isothermal solid-body rotation in a cylinder are investigated. Solutions of the resulting eigenvalue problem are shown to correspond to two types of waves. The acoustic waves are the rotational counterparts of the well-known Rayleigh solutions for a gas at rest in a cylinder. The rotational waves, whose amplitude and frequencies go to zero in the non-rotating limit, exhibit phase speeds both larger and smaller than the speed of sound. The effect of rotation on the frequency and structure of these waves is discussed.