Skip to main content

On the wake structure behind a heated horizontal cylinder in cross-flow

  • RENE N. KIEFT (a1), C. C. M. RINDT (a1), A. A. van STEENHOVEN (a1) and G. J. F. van HEIJST (a2)

This paper describes a numerical and experimental study of the effect of heat input on the behaviour of the vortices shed from a horizontal cylinder in a horizontal cross-flow. The Reynolds number (ReD) is fixed at 75, while the Richardson number (RiD) is varied between 0 and 1 (corresponding to forced and mixed convection, respectively). In this parameter regime the wake consists of a double row of alternately shed vortices. A rather unexpected effect of the induced heat is the downward motion of the shed vortex structures. Detailed experiments and numerical simulations show that this effect is caused by the difference in strength between the two vortex rows. An analysis of the vorticity sources present during the formation process shows that the thermally induced baroclinic vorticity production is mainly responsible for this.

Corresponding author
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed:
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of Fluid Mechanics
  • ISSN: 0022-1120
  • EISSN: 1469-7645
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-fluid-mechanics
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 25 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 117 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 24th November 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.