ON VORTEX STREET WAKES
NATIONAL PHYSICAL LAB TEDDINGTON (UNITED KINGDOM) AERODYNAMICS DIV
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The flow in the wake of a two-dimensional blunt-trailing-edge model was investigated in the Reynolds number range 1.3 x 10 to the 4th to 4.1 x 10 to the 4th. The effects of splitter plates and base bleed on the vortex street were examined. Measurements were made of the longitudinal spacing between vortices and the velocity of the vortices, and compared with values predicted by von Karmans potential vortex street model. The lateral spacing was estimated by using both the von Karman and Kronauer stability criteria. A new universal wake Strouhal number is devised, using the value of lateral spacing predicted by the Kronauer stability condition as the length dimension. A correlation of bluff body data was found when pressure drag coefficient times Strouhal number was plotted against base pressure.
- Fluid Mechanics