Investigation of passive oscillations of flexible splitter plates attached to a circular cylinder
This paper presents a numerical study to address wake control of a circular cylinder subjected to two-dimensional laminar flow regime using single and multiple flexible splitter plates attached to the cylinder. Three different cases are presented in the study, covering cylinders with one, two and three horizontally attached splitter plates while the locations of the plates around the cylinders are varied. The length of the splitter plates was equal to the cylinder diameter and Reynolds number was 100. Due to the flexibility of the plates, the problem was modeled as a Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) problem and the commercial finite element software, Comsol Multiphysics, was utilized to solve this problem using Arbitrary Lagrangian–Eulerian (ALE) method. Vortex shedding frequency and fluid forces acting on the cylinder are investigated, along with a comprehensive parametric study to identify the optimum arrangement of the plates for maximum drag reduction and maximum vortex shedding frequency reduction. The numerical results associated to the flexible splitter plates are also compared with the corresponding rigid splitter plate cases investigated in a previous study. Moreover, the tip amplitude of the plates and the maximum strains were measured in order to find an optimum position for placing a piezoelectric polymer to harvest energy from the flow.
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Citation : Abdi, R., Rezazadeh, N. and Abdi, M., (2019) Investigation of passive oscillations of flexible splitter plates attached to a circular cylinder. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 84, pp.302-317.
ISSN : 0889-9746
Peer Reviewed : Yes