Simulation of subcritical-Reynolds-number flow around four cylinders in square arrangement configuration using LES

Yacine Kahil, Sofiane Benhamadouche, Abdallah Sofiane Berrouk, Imran Afgan

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Abstract

The flow around four infinite cylinders in a square arrangement was numerically modeled using dynamic Smagorinsky Large Eddy Simulation (LES). For the simulations five different pitch ([Formula presented]) to diameter ([Formula presented]) spacing ratios ([Formula presented]) were investigated at a Reynolds number of 3000. The simulated [Formula presented] ratios investigated were [Formula presented] and 2.0. In addition to the phenomena detected for the case of two cylinders (“tandem” and “side by side” in Afgan et al. (2011)), the detailed results showed the presence of a variety of complex phenomena such as jet impinging on curved surfaces with coupling layers around the cylinders. The topology of the flow changed with the change in the spacing ratios between the cylinders showing a clear biased flow behavior for spacing ratios ([Formula presented]) [Formula presented] and 1.5. This bistability phenomenon was detected based on the analysis of the lift signals and the flow streamlines. Good agreement was found between the current numerical results and existing experimental data for both the local (velocity and pressure fields) and global quantities for all the simulated configurations.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Mechanics, B/Fluids
Volume74
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Bistability
  • Dynamic subgrid model
  • Large eddy simulation
  • Vortex shedding

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