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Interaction Between IL and CF VIV: On the Importance of Orbital Direction

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K. H. Aronsen

Statoil ASA, Fornebu, Norway

Z. Y. Huang

Petrell AS, Trondheim, Norway

K. B. Skaugset

Statoil ASA, Trondheim, Norway

C. M. Larsen

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2017-62404, pp. V002T08A042; 17 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


This paper discusses results from an experiment where forces on a rigid cylinder are measured during prescribed oscillations both in-line with and transverse to a constant flow. Two “figure of eight” oscillation patterns with identical shape but opposite orbital direction, relative to the flow, have been tested at a Reynolds number of 24000. Results show that the hydrodynamic force acting on the cylinder is significantly different for the two orbital directions. The force in phase with velocity, which represents the energy transfer between the fluid and the cylinder, has opposite sign and different magnitude for the two orbital directions. Flow visualization by particle image velocimetry (PIV) reveals that the two orbits leads to different vortex shedding modes. Hydrodynamic forces at multiples of the oscillation frequency, known as higher harmonics, are seen for both orbital directions. Comparison with pure in-line and pure transverse oscillations indicates that the higher harmonics are related to oscillations in in-line direction. A three-dimensional Large Eddy Simulation numerical simulation with equivalent experiment parameters has been conducted. It is very encouraging to see a good agreement between numerical results and observations with respect to global forces, vortex shedding modes and hydrodynamic co-efficients.

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