Published online by Cambridge University Press: 28 March 2006
Detailed studies are reported of the free and forced oscillation of disks and a right-circular cylinder constrained to rotate about a fixed diametrical axis passing through the centre of the body and normal to the free-stream direction. When a disk is free to rotate, it oscillates at a definite frequency with slowly varying amplitude and phase. A right-circular cylinder also oscillates at a definite frequency but with rapidly increasing amplitude. When the amplitude becomes large, after a few cycles of oscillation, the cylinder rotates steadily in one direction.
Analogue computer elements, position sensors and a dynamic moment balance were used to study the static restoring moment, dynamic restoring moment, average damping moment, statistical properties of the disk motion and power spectrum of the turbulent moment. The behaviour of the disk and cylinder are explained using the measurements and the theory for random excitation of a linear system. The turbulent exciting moment is caused by the unsteady flow in the wake and can be changed by placing disks and splitter plates in the wake. A model is proposed for the unsteady flow field in the wake behind the disk. The model relates the turbulent moment to the vortex shedding process in the wake.
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