Self-similarity of far wake behind tandem of two disks

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In this work we used digital particle image visualization (PIV) to experimentally establish the self-similarity of far wake behind a tandem of two disks of a diameter D (300 mm) with a common axis along the incident flow. The research was performed in a water flume (Re ≈ 2 · 105) with variation of L, the longitudinal dimension of the tandem. The self-similarity of the velocity profile in the wake behind the tandem has been established; the level of turbulent fluctuations of the profile has been measured. Due to the influence of the second disk, the velocity deficit in the wake behind the tandem exceeded the corresponding value for a single disk, being independent of the distance between the disks (L = 4–8D). The velocity fluctuations behind the tandem did not differ much from the level of fluctuations in the case of a single disk up to a distance of forty calibers downstream, where the wake ceased to differ from the background of natural turbulent fluctuations of the incident flow. It has been found that the position of the second disk in the tandem affects the energy loss in the wake due to its expansion but does not influence the decay. The revealed patterns in the wake development behind tandems of bodies will enable optimization of construction of systems of repetitive elements and their movement in different flows.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Engineering Thermophysics
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)154-159
Publication statusPublished - 2017
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