Edge curvature effects of a square cylinder on self-sustained oscillations

Ravi C. Mysa, Dominic D.J. Chandar

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A square cylinder at zero angle of attack is known to exhibit a self-sustained response beyond the lock-in region. This self-sustained response is characterized by a frequency that is lower than the vortex shedding frequency and with large amplitudes. However, this self-sustained oscillation is not present for circular cylinders. Prior literature indicates that shape changes through altering the corner sharpness can help to reduce these self sustaining oscillations. In this work, shape changes are realized through altering the curvature of the edge(side) of the square cylinder. For different edge curvature and rounded corner combinations, characterization of these self-sustained oscillations is studied. Detailed flow analysis is performed to study the effect of straight edge, curved edge, sharp corner and rounded corner on the pressure distribution. A proper combination of edge curvature and corner sharpness proves to be beneficial in reducing self-sustaining oscillations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComputers and Fluids
Early online date10 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2018

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