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Numerical Investigation of Flow Around Bluff Bodies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 May 2011

Chou-Jiu Tsai*
Department of Mathematics & Science Education, National Tainan Teachers College, Tainan, Taiwan, R. O. C.
Ger-Jyh Chen*
Department of Aeronautic & Astronautic Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan 70101, R.O.C.
*Associate Professor
**Associate Research Scientist, Ph.D. candidate
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In this study, fluid flow around bluff bodies are studied to examine the vortex shedding phenomenon in conjuction with the geometrical shapes of these vortex shedders. These flow phenomena are numerically simulated. A finite volume method is employed to solve the incompressible two-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations. Thus, quantitative descriptions of the vortex shedding phenomenon in the near wake were made, which lead to a detailed description of the vortex shedding mechanism. Streamline contours, figures of lift coefficent, and figures of drag coefficent in various time, are presented, respectively, for a physical description.

Copyright © The Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, R.O.C. 1998

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