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Prediction of Unsteady Loading on a Circular Cylinder in High Reynolds Number Flows Using Large Eddy Simulation

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Sung-Eun Kim

Fluent Incorporated, Lebanon, NH

L. Srinivasa Mohan

Fluent India, Pune, India

Paper No. OMAE2005-67044, pp. 775-783; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 3
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4197-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Large eddy simulations were carried out for the flow around a hydrodynamically smooth, fixed circular cylinder at two Reynolds numbers, one at a subcritical Reynolds number (Re = 1.4 × 105 ) and the other at a supercritical Reynolds number (Re = 1.0 × 106 ). The computations were made using a parallelized finite-volume Navier-Stokes solver based on a multidimensional linear reconstruction scheme that allows use of unstructured meshes. Central differencing was used for discretization of both convection and diffusion terms. Time-advancement scheme, based on an implicit, non-iterative fractional-step method, was adopted in conjunction with a three-level, backward second-order temporal discretization. Subgrid-scale turbulent viscosity was modeled by a dynamic Smagorinsky model adapted to arbitrary unstructured meshes with the aid of a test-filter applicable to arbitrary unstructured meshes. The present LES results closely reproduced the flow features observed in experiments at both Reynolds numbers. The time-averaged mean drag coefficient, root-mean-square force coefficients and the frequency content of fluctuating forces (vortex-shedding frequency) are predicted with a commendable accuracy.

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