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Numerical Study of Oscillatory Flow Past a Pair of Cylinders in a Side-by-Side Arrangement

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P. Anagnostopoulos, A. Koutras, S. A. Seitanis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Paper No. OMAE2005-67225, pp. 501-510; 10 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 1, Parts A and B
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4195-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The results of a numerical study of the viscous oscillating flow around a pair of circular cylinders are presented herein, for a constant frequency parameter, β, equal to 50, and Keulegan-Carpenter numbers, KC, ranging between 0.2 and 10. The cylinders were placed side-by-side to the oncoming flow, for a pitch to diameter ratio, P/D, equal to 2. The finite-element method was employed for the solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, in the formulation where the stream function and the vorticity are the field variables. The vorticity contours generated from the solution were used mainly for the flow visualization, whereas the stream-lines and isobars are shown in some cases. At low values of the Keulegan-Carpenter number the flow remains symmetrical with respect to the horizontal axis of symmetry of the solution domain. As the Keulegan-Carpenter number is increased asymmetries appear in the flow, which are eventually amplified and lead finally to more complicated vortex-shedding patterns. These asymmetries generate an aperiodic flow configuration at consecutive cycles, which becomes almost chaotic as KC grows larger. For the various Keulegan-Carpenter numbers examined the time-histories of the hydrodynamic forces are presented, and the r.m.s. values of the hydrodynamic forces and the coefficients of the in-line force were evaluated.

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