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Generalizing Prediction of Bluff Body Aerodynamic Load Maps

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Sorin Pirau, Brandon Liberi, Natasha Barbely, Narayanan Komerath

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. AJKFluids2015-15542, pp. V001T15A006; 8 pages
  • ASME/JSME/KSME 2015 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: Symposia
  • Seoul, South Korea, July 26–31, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5721-2
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


The Continuous Rotation method enables efficient definition of all aerodynamic load components on bodies of arbitrary shape for arbitrary attitudes. This is applied to several bluff body shapes including cylinders, a cuboid, a flat plate and a porous box. Rate effects and unsteadiness are shown to be negligible using a cylinder of aspect ratio 1. The genesis of the side force on the yawed cylinder, and the differences between rough and smooth cylinders, are derived from comparisons between experiments and diagnostic computations with an unsteady Navier-Stokes solver. Interpolating Fourier coefficients of the azimuthal load variation appears to be viable to generalize loads on cylinders of varying aspect ratio. A large variation is seen for aspect ratio 0.5 to 1, with a more gradual transition to ‘high aspect ratio’ features beyond aspect ratio 2.

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