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Flow-induced vibrations of a rotating cylinder

Bourguet, Rémi and Lo Jacono, David Flow-induced vibrations of a rotating cylinder. (2014) Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 740. 342-380. ISSN 0022-1120

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2013.665


The flow-induced vibrations of a circular cylinder, free to oscillate in the cross-flow direction and subjected to a forced rotation about its axis, are analysed by means of two- and three-dimensional numerical simulations. The impact of the symmetry breaking caused by the forced rotation on the vortex-induced vibration (VIV) mechanisms is investigated for a Reynolds number equal to 100, based on the cylinder diameter and inflow velocity. The cylinder is found to oscillate freely up to a rotation rate (ratio between the cylinder surface and inflow velocities) close to 4. Under forced rotation, the vibration amplitude exhibits a bell-shaped evolution as a function of the reduced velocity (inverse of the oscillator natural frequency) and reaches 1.9 diameters, i.e. three times the maximum amplitude in the non-rotating case. The free vibrations of the rotating cylinder occur under a condition of wake–body synchronization similar to the lock-in condition driving non-rotating cylinder VIV. The largest vibration amplitudes are associated with a novel asymmetric wake pattern composed of a triplet of vortices and a single vortex shed per cycle, the TCS pattern. In the low-frequency vibration regime, the flow exhibits another new topology, the U pattern, characterized by a transverse undulation of the spanwise vorticity layers without vortex detachment; consequently, free oscillations of the rotating cylinder may also develop in the absence of vortex shedding. The symmetry breaking due to the rotation is shown to directly impact the selection of the higher harmonics appearing in the fluid force spectra. The rotation also influences the mechanism of phasing between the force and the structural response.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Cambridge University Press. The definitive version is available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9160438
HAL Id:hal-00947888
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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This work was performed using HPC resources from CALMIP (grant 2013-P1248)
Deposited On:17 Feb 2014 14:04

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