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Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and Time-Resolved Particle Image Velocimetry (TR-PIV) in the Wake of a Cavitating Hydrofoil

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Martin Wosnik, Qiao Qin, Damien T. Kawakami, Roger E. A. Arndt

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Paper No. FEDSM2005-77467, pp. 609-616; 8 pages
  • ASME 2005 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 2: Fora
  • Houston, Texas, USA, June 19–23, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4199-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3760-2
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


A Large Eddy Simulation (LES) approach for cavitating flow, based on a virtual single-phase, fully compressible cavitation model which includes the effects of incondensable gas, has been shown to be capable of capturing the complex dynamical features of highly unsteady cavitating flows of two-dimensional hydrofoils. Here the LES results are compared to Time-Resolved Particle Image Velocimetry (TR-PIV) in the wake of a cavitating NACA 0015 hydrofoil, with particular attention to the predicted vortex shedding mechanisms. Despite some difficulty with obtaining vector fields from vortical clouds of vaporous-gaseous bubbles with cross-correlation techniques, the initial results seem promising in that they confirm the existence of a primary vortex pair (type A-B). In addition to TR-PIV, the cavitation cloud shedding was also documented with phase-locked, time-resolved photography and high speed volume-illuminated video, both with simultaneous imaging of side and plan views of the foil. All three experimental techniques confirm the need for fully three-dimensional simulations to properly describe the unsteady, three-dimensional cavitation cloud shedding mechanism.

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