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Experimental Study on Vortex-Induced Vibration of Floating Circular Cylinders With Low Aspect Ratio and Different Free-End Corner Shapes

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Rodolfo T. Gonçalves, Keigo Sakata, Shinichiro Hirabayashi

University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan

Dennis M. Gambarine

Technomar Engenharia Oceânica, São Paulo, Brazil

Murilo M. Cicolin, Gustavo R. S. Assi

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Paper No. OMAE2018-77218, pp. V002T08A035; 9 pages
  • ASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: CFD and FSI
  • Madrid, Spain, June 17–22, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5121-0
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Experiments regarding vortex-induced vibration (VIV) on floating circular cylinders with low aspect ratio, L/D = 0.5, and different free-end conditions were carried out in a recirculation water channel. The floating circular cylinders were elastically supported by a set of linear springs to provide low structural damping on the system. Four different free-end corner shape conditions were tested, namely r/R = 0.0, 0.25, 0.5 and 1.0; where r/R is the relation between chamfer rounding radius, r, and the radius of cylinder, R. These different free-end conditions were selected to promote changes in the structures shedding around the free end of the cylinder. The aims were to understand the free-end effects on the VIV of floating circular cylinders with very low aspect ratio. The range of Reynolds number covered 2,800 < Re < 55,400. All the results presented here complement the work presented previously for a floating circular cylinder with L/D = 2.0 by Gambarine et al. (2016) [6] - Experimental study of the influence of the free end effects on vortex-induced vibration of floating cylinder with low aspect of ratio, OMAE2016-54623. The present results showed that the amplitudes in both directions were the highest for the semi-sphere case, r/R = 1.0. The amplitudes were almost the same for the other radius values, 0.0 < r/R ≤ 0.5; in which the maximum amplitudes decreased with increasing the corner radius. A critical value, L/Dcrit = 0.5, in which only the free-end structures affect the VIV behavior of the cylinder piercing the free-surface could be stated. The conclusion was that the cylinder free-end affects the VIV behavior for cylinders with very low-aspect ratio.

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