Flow along a long thin cylinder

Tutty, O.R. (2008) Flow along a long thin cylinder Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 602, pp. 1-37. (doi:10.1017/S0022112008000542).


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Two different approaches have been used to calculate turblent flow along a long thin culinder where the flow is aligned with the cylinder. A boundary-layer code is used to predict the mean flow for very long cylinders (length to ratio of up to O(106)), with the effects of the turbulence estimated through a turbulence model. Detailed comparison with experimental results shows that the mean properties of the flow are predicted within experimental accuracy. The boundary-layer model predicts that, sufficiently far downstream, the surface shear stress will be (almost) constant. This is consistent with experimental results from long cylinders in the form of sonar arrays. A periodic Navier-Stokes problem is formulated, and solutions generated for the boundary-layer model and experiments. Strongly turbulent flow occurs only near the surface of the cylinder, with relatively weak turbulence over most of the boundary layer. For a thick boundary layer with the boundary-layer thickness much larger than the cylinder radius, the mean flow is effectively constant near the surface, in both temporal and spatial frameworks, while the outer flow continues to develop in time or space. Calculations of the circumferentially averaged surface pressure spectrum sho that, in physical terms, as the radius of the cylinder decreases, the surface noise from the turbulence increases, with the maximum noise at a Reynolds number of O(103). An increase in noise with a decrease in radius (Reynolds number) is consistent with experimental results.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0022112008000542
ISSNs: 0022-1120 (print)
Organisations: Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics
ePrint ID: 155357
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May 2008Published
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:22
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 04:04
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/155357

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