The present study presents a new technique for reconstructing the salient aspects of three-dimensional wake topology based on time-resolved, planar, two-component particle image velocimetry data collected in multiple orthogonal planes. The technique produces conditionally averaged flow field reconstructions based on a pattern recognition analysis of velocity fields. It is validated on the wake of a low-aspect ratio dual step cylinder geometry, consisting of a large diameter cylinder (D) with small aspect ratio (L/D) attached to the mid-span of a small diameter cylinder (d). For a dual step cylinders with D/d = 2, and L/D = 1, numerical and experimental data are considered for ReD = 150 (laminar wake) and for ReD = 2100 (turbulent wake). The results show that the proposed technique successfully reconstructs the dominant periodic wake vortex interactions and can be extended to a wide range of turbulent flows.
Experiments in Fluids – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 17, 2016
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