Experimental investigation into the vortex formation in the wake of an oscillating cylinder

AuthorsWilde, J.J. de, Huijsmans, R.H.M., and Tukker, J.
Conference/JournalISOPE 2006
DateMay 1, 2006
Experimental investigation into the vortex formation in the wake of an oscillating cylinder using particle image velocimetry
In this paper a novel experimental investigation into the vortex formation in the wake of a fixed and an oscillating circular cylinder is presented. The aim of the study is to acquire a better understanding of the complex three-dimensional vortex flow around the cylinder at high Reynolds numbers, as well as to set up a method for the validation of CFD for riser VIV applications. The Reynolds number in the experiments ranged from 40,000 to 200,000.A 200 mm rigid cylinder of 3.4 m length was towed at constant speed in a 210 m long towing basin. The fluid loads on the cylinder were measured and state-of-the-art 3 component Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements were carried out in a 2-D plane of 400 x 700 mm in the downstream wake of the cylinder. A fixed cylinder and a oscillating cylinder were tested. The range of amplitudes and frequencies was tested for the oscillating cylinder in the lock-in region. The tests give new insight in the vortex synchronisation and will provide a valuable set of data for future CFD-code validation.

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waves, impacts and hydrostructuralvortex induced vibrations (viv)