Flow Past Oscillating Cylinders

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R. W. Yeung, M. Vaidhyanathan

Department of Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 115(4), 197-205 (Nov 01, 1993) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2920112 History: Received June 25, 1993; Online June 12, 2008


The phenomenon of vortex shedding by oscillating cylinders is a complex one. Its understanding is, however, of utmost importance in marine-related engineering, particularly in connection with motions of deep submersibles and marine risers. In this paper, computational results are presented so that the behavior of the shedding as a function of certain parameter space can be elucidated. A methodology based on the random vortex method and a complex-variable boundary-integral formulation is used to study both forced and vortex-induced oscillations of a circular cylinder. Preliminary evaluation of this method indicates that it has been successful in predicting a number of experimentally observed behavior, among which the phenomena of “lock-in” associated with oscillations of the cylinder are well captured.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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