Transient growth analysis of the flow past a circular cylinder

Abdessemed, Nadir; Sharma, Atul S.; Theofilis, Vassilios y Sherwin, Spencer (2009). Transient growth analysis of the flow past a circular cylinder. "Physics of Fluids", v. 21 (n. 4); pp.. ISSN 1070-6631.


Título: Transient growth analysis of the flow past a circular cylinder
  • Abdessemed, Nadir
  • Sharma, Atul S.
  • Theofilis, Vassilios
  • Sherwin, Spencer
Tipo de Documento: Artículo
Título de Revista/Publicación: Physics of Fluids
Fecha: Abril 2009
Volumen: 21
Escuela: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Departamento: Motopropulsión y Termofluidodinámica [hasta 2014]
Licencias Creative Commons: Reconocimiento - Sin obra derivada - No comercial

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We apply direct transient growth analysis in complex geometries to investigate its role in the primary and secondary bifurcation/transition process of the flow past a circular cylinder. The methodology is based on the singular value decomposition of the Navier-Stokes evolution operator linearized about a two-dimensional steady or periodic state which leads to the optimal growth modes. Linearly stable and unstable steady flow at Re=45 and 50 is considered first, where the analysis demonstrates that strong two-dimensional transient growth is observed with energy amplifications of order of 10(3) at U-infinity tau/D approximate to 30. Transient growth at Re=50 promotes the linear instability which ultimately saturates into the well known von-Kaacutermaacuten street. Subsequently we consider the transient growth upon the time-periodic base state corresponding to the von-Kaacutermaacuten street at Re=200 and 300. Depending upon the spanwise wavenumber the flow at these Reynolds numbers are linearly unstable due to the so-called mode A and B instabilities. Once again energy amplifications of order of 10(3) are observed over a time interval of tau/T=2, where T is the time period of the base flow shedding. In all cases the maximum energy of the optimal initial conditions are located within a diameter of the cylinder in contrast to the spatial distribution of the unstable eigenmodes which extend far into the downstream wake. It is therefore reasonable to consider the analysis as presenting an accelerator to the existing modal mechanism. The rapid amplification of the optimal growth modes highlights their importance in the transition process for flow past circular cylinder, particularly when comparing with experimental results where these types of convective instability mechanisms are likely to be activated. The spatial localization, close to the cylinder, of the optimal initial condition may be significant when considering strategies to promote or control shedding.

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Identificador DOI: 10.1063/1.3112738
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