Journal of Fluid Mechanics

On the force fluctuations acting on a circular cylinder in crossflow from subcritical up to transcritical Reynolds numbers

Günter  Schewe a1
a1 DFVLR-Institut für Aeroelastik (AVA), D-3400 Göttingen, Germany

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Force measurements were conducted in a pressurized wind tunnel from subcritical up to transcritical Reynolds numbers 2.3 × 104 [less-than-or-eq, slant] Re [less-than-or-eq, slant] 7.1 × 106 without changing the experimental arrangement. The steady and unsteady forces were measured by means of a piezobalance, which features a high natural frequency, low interferences and a large dynamic range. In the critical Reynolds-number range, two discontinuous transitions were observed, which can be interpreted as bifurcations at two critical Reynolds numbers. In both cases, these transitions are accompanied by critical fluctuations, symmetry breaking (the occurrence of a steady lift) and hysteresis. In addition, both transitions were coupled with a drop of the CD value and a jump of the Strouhal number. Similar phenomena were observed in the upper transitional region between the super- and the transcritical Reynolds-number ranges. The transcritical range begins at about Re [approximate] 5 × 106, where a narrow-band spectrum is formed with Sr(Re = 7.1 × 106) = 0.29.

(Published Online April 20 2006)
(Received November 23 1982)
(Revised April 12 1983)