Vortex shedding from a row of square bars

Jiro Mizushima, Takeshi Akinaga

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    Interactions of wakes in a flow past a row of square bars, which is placed across a uniform flow, are investigated by numerical simulations and experiments on the tassumption that the flow is two-dimensional and incompressible. At small Reynolds numbers the flow is steady and symmetric with respect not only to streamwise lines through the center of each square bar but also to streamwise centerlines between adjacent square bars. However, the steady symmetric flow becomes unstable at larger Reynolds numbers and make a transition to a steady asymmetric flow with respect to the centerlines between adjacent square bars in some cases or to an oscillatory flow in other cases. It is found that vortices are shed synchronously from adjacent square bars in the same phase or in anti-phase depending upon the distance between the bars when the flow is oscillatory. The origin of the transition to the steady asymmetric flow is identified as a pitchfork bifurcation, while the oscillatory flows with synchronous shedding of vortices are clarified to originate from a Hopf bifurcation. The critical Reynolds numbers of the transitions are evaluated numerically and the bifurcation diagram of the flow is obtained.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)179-191
    Number of pages13
    JournalFluid Dynamics Research
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003


    • Reynolds numbers
    • rows of square bars
    • two-dimensional
    • fluid mechanics
    • sychronous shedding of vortices
    • transition
    • bifurcation


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