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The Low Reynolds Number Limit of Vortex and Wake-Induced Vibrations

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Stéphane Étienne, Dominique Pelletier

École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada

Paper No. FEDSM-ICNMM2010-30387, pp. 95-101; 7 pages
  • ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • ASME 2010 7th International Symposium on Fluid-Structure Interactions, Flow-Sound Interactions, and Flow-Induced Vibration and Noise: Volume 3, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 1–5, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5451-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3880-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Vortex and wake induced vibrations (VIV/WIV) of a circular cylinder at low values of the Reynolds number (Re) are simulated by means of a fully coupled fluid-structure interaction numerical model based on the finite element method. It is shown that VIV/WIV could occur far below the first Hopf bifurcation (Re <47). The main objective of this study is to determine the limiting Reynolds-Reduced velocity (Ur) curve that separates the non-vibrational area from the possible vibrations occurrence area. We assume that by taking a zero mass cylinder and zero structural damping we will obtain the low limit of vibrations in terms of Re and Ur. It is shown in particular that transverse vibrations could occur for reduced velocities larger than 40 and not below 3.5.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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