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Airflows between centrally clamped, rotating, rigid disks are investigated with respect to the type of flow pattern, the parameters that influence nonuniform flow, and the effects of various flow patterns on disk stability. The experimental method uses a water-flow modeling technique for the airflow. The observed flow patterns are highly unsteady. The configuration and position of the shroud and slider arm are found to be the major parameters that influence flow characteristics. A reduction of disk flutter by a factor of 12 can be achieved when the unsteady flow pattern is changed to a steady flow pattern.
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