Date of Award

Spring 1998

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

First Advisor

John P McHugh


The linear stability of a viscous fluid between two concentric, rotating cylinders is considered. The inner cylinder is a rigid boundary and the outer cylinder has an elastic layer exposed to the fluid. The subject is motivated by flow between two adjoining rollers in a printing press. The governing equations of the fluid layer are the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, and the governing equations of the elastic layer are Navier's equations. A narrow gap, neutral stability, and axisymmetric disturbances are assumed. The solution involves a novel technique for treating two layer stability problems, where an exact solution in the elastic layer is used to isolate the problem in the fluid layer. The results show that the presence of the elastic layer has only a slight effect on the critical Taylor numbers for the elastic parameters of modern printing presses. However, there are parameter values where the critical Taylor number is dramatically different than the classical Taylor-Couette problem.