Experiments in Fluids

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 10–21

Measurements of the flow over a low-aspect-ratio cylinder mounted on a ground plane


DOI: 10.1007/s00348-005-0949-9

Cite this article as:
Pattenden, R.J., Turnock, S.R. & Zhang, X. Exp Fluids (2005) 39: 10. doi:10.1007/s00348-005-0949-9


The flow over a finite-height cylinder of aspect ratio 1, with one end mounted on a ground plane and the other end free, has been studied by means of surface flow visualisation, particle image velocimetry (PIV) and surface pressure measurements. The diameter-based Reynolds number was 200,000. The mean flow topology has been identified in three areas: the horseshoe vortex system, the separated flow over the free-end and the wake region. Evidence is shown for the existence of a three-horseshoe vortex system, while the mean flow over the free-end consists of an arch vortex with its bases on the forward half of the free-end. There are two tip vortices coming off the free-end. The wake region is found to be highly unsteady, with considerable variation from the mean flow.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.School of Civil Engineering and the EnvironmentUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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