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Effects Of Turbulence On The Separating-Reattaching Flow Above Surface-Mounted, Three-Dimensional Bluff Bodies, Abul Fahad Akon Mar 2017

Effects Of Turbulence On The Separating-Reattaching Flow Above Surface-Mounted, Three-Dimensional Bluff Bodies, Abul Fahad Akon

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Investigations of separated and reattaching flows over three-dimensional bluff bodies in turbulent boundary layers are important because of the large aerodynamic loads that these flows cause. For example, roofs of low-rise buildings are vulnerable to this kind of wind loading. Turbulence in the upstream flow affects the pressure distributions and the mean size of separation bubbles formed on bluff body surfaces. Whereas a number of studies have focussed on two-dimensional separation bubbles and surface pressures, a comprehensive understanding of the surface pressures and the separating-reattaching flows in relation to the turbulence in the incident boundary layers for surface-mounted, three-dimensional bluff ...


Vortex Shedding From Elongated Bluff Bodies, Zachary J. Taylor Sep 2011

Vortex Shedding From Elongated Bluff Bodies, Zachary J. Taylor

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As the spans of suspension bridges increase, the structures become inherently flexible. The flexibility of these structures, combined with the wind and particular aerodynamics, can lead to significant motions. From the collapse due to flutter of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the case of vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) of the Storebælt Bridge, it is evident that a better understanding of the aerodynamics of these geometries is necessary. The work herein is motivated by these two problems and is presented in two parts.

In the first part, the focus is on the physical mechanisms of vortex shedding. It is shown that the ...