Kaufmann (Scully) vortex

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The Kaufmann vortex, also known as the Scully model, is a mathematical model for a vortex taking account of viscosity,[1] it uses an algebraic velocity profile.[2]

Kaufmann and Scully's model for the velocity in the Θ direction is:

The model was suggested by Scully and Sullivan in 1972 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earlier by W. Kaufmann in 1962.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mahendra J. Bhagwat and J. Gordon Leishman, Generalized Viscous Vortex Model for Application to Free-Vortex Wake and Aeroacoustic Calculations, University of Maryland
  2. ^ Tamás Gausz, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Blade vortex interaction problem at helicopter rotors, 12th International Conference on Fluid Flow Technologies, 2003
  3. ^ See citations 19 and 20 in Bhagwat and Leishman's paper.