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Visual observations of the flow past a sphere at Reynolds numbers between 104 and 106

  • S. Taneda (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 April 2006

The wake configuration of a sphere has been determined by means of the surface oil-flow method, the smoke method and the tuft-grid method in a wind tunnel at Reynolds numbers ranging from 104 to 106. It was found that the wake performs a progressive wave motion at Reynolds numbers between 104 and 3·8 × 105, and that it forms a pair of stream wise line vortices at Reynolds numbers between 3·8 × 105 and 106.

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