Some effects of free-stream turbulence on the flow past a cantilevered circular cylinder

Yasushi Uematsu, M. Yamada, K. Ishii

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Flow around a cantilevered circular cylinder has been studied experimentally in the subcritical and critical Reynolds-number ranges. Particular attention was paid to the free-stream turbulence effects on the steady aerodynamic characteristics of the cylinder. Measurements were made of the surface pressure distribution, flow separation line and vortex shedding frequency in grid-generated turbulent flows. The aerodynamic characteristics of a cylinder were only minutely affected by the free-stream turbulence in the subcritical flow. The critical Reynolds number was expressed as a function of the Taylor number Tx defined in terms of the longitudinal integral scale of the free-stream turbulence. The mean drag coefficient and the position of the flow separation point were fairly well-correlated with the parameter Re1.34 Tx, with Re being the Reynolds number. Furthermore, it was found that some steady aerodynamic coefficients of the cylinder were closely correlated among themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1990 Jan 1


  • Aerodynamics
  • circular cylinder
  • finite height
  • free-stream turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Mechanical Engineering


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