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Vortex-induced vibrations of a flexible cylinder at large inclination angle

Bourguet, Rémi and Triantafyllou, Michael S. Vortex-induced vibrations of a flexible cylinder at large inclination angle. (2014) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 373 (2033). 1-19. ISSN 1471-2962

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2014.0108


The free vibrations of a flexible circular cylinder inclined at 80 degrees within a uniform current are investigated by means of direct numerical simulation, at Reynolds number 500 based on the body diameter and inflow velocity. In spite of the large inclination angle, the cylinder exhibits regular in-line and crossflow vibrations excited by the flow through the lock-in mechanism, i.e. synchronization of body motion and vortex formation. A profound reconfiguration of the wake is observed compared with the stationary body case. The vortex-induced vibrations are found to occur under parallel, but also oblique vortex shedding where the spanwise wavenumbers of the wake and structural response coincide. The shedding angle and frequency increase with the spanwise wavenumber. The cylinder vibrations and fluid forces present a persistent spanwise asymmetry which relates to the asymmetry of the local current relative to the body axis, owing to its in-line bending. In particular, the asymmetrical trend of flow–body energy transfer results in a monotonic orientation of the structural waves. Clockwise and counter-clockwise figure eight orbits of the body alternate along the span, but the latter are found to be more favourable to structure excitation. Additional simulations at normal incidence highlight a dramatic deviation from the independence principle, which states that the system behaviour is essentially driven by the normal component of the inflow velocity.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Royal society publishing editor. The definitive version is available at http://royalsocietypublishing.org/ The original PDF of the article can be found at Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A website : http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/
HAL Id:hal-01148630
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)
Other partners > Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT (USA)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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