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Experimental Study on Flow Around an Array of Four Cylinders With Different Section Geometries

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Rodolfo T. Gonçalves, Shinichiro Hirabayashi, Hideyuki Suzuki

University of Tokyo, Kashiwa-shi, Japan

Paper No. OMAE2017-61014, pp. V002T08A018; 9 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 2: Prof. Carl Martin Larsen and Dr. Owen Oakley Honoring Symposia on CFD and VIV
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5764-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Experiments were carried out in a towing tank regarding the flow around a stationary array of four cylinders with low aspect ratio, H/L = 1.5, piercing the water free surface. One isolated cylinder and one array of 4 cylinders were tested; this number of cylinders corresponds to the number of columns of a typical multi-column offshore floater system, such as semi-submersibles and TLP platforms. Three different geometries of cylinder sections were studied: circular, square and diamond. The aims are to better understand the influence of the relative position of the cylinders on the flow around this type of structure; to create a reliable database for CFD studies and afterward to use this research in VIM calculations for free multi-columns systems. Two parameters were investigated for a distance between column centers S/L = 3: current incidence angles 0, 22.5 and 45 degrees and column section geometries. The Reynolds number range covers from 50,000 up to 250,000. Forces were measured in each column by using a three degree-of-freedom load cell. Results of lift and drag forces are presented for each column separately and for the whole system. This paper is a piece of an extensive experimental study on flow around an array of multi-cylinders.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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