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Reorganization of Coherent Structures Downstream a Circular Cylinder Located between Two Parallel Walls

Author(s): F. Rehimi | F. Aloui | S.B. Nasrallah

Journal: Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics
ISSN 1735-3572

Volume: 4;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Confined cylinder wake | PIV measurements | Von Kármán vortices | Coherent structures | 2 criterion | Wall-vortex interaction.

Experiments were performed at low Reynolds numbers in the range in the wake of a circular cylinder of diameter placed symmetrically between two parallel walls of height. 2D2C particle image velocimetry (PIV) was used to investigate the flow downstream the cylinder. In the unsteady flow regime downstream the cylinder, the detached primary vortices (Pi) interact with walls generating secondary ones (Pi’) and modify the cylinder wake dynamic. The kinematical properties (advection velocity, circulation, rotation kinetic energy, etc.) of the generated secondary vortices are studied and compared with the primary ones in order to show how the walls influence the von Kármán vortex street. The authors propose here a relation between the circulations and kinetic energies of primary and secondary vortices
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