An extensive experimental campaign has been carried out in a multiple-fan wind tunnel to study the effects of flow acceleration on a sectional model of a sharp-edged square cylinder. Different levels of positive and negative acceleration are reproduced, which are compatible with those induced by full-scale thunderstorm outflows. Various initial and final conditions are also explored and, in all conditions, multiple test repeats are carried out in order to obtain satisfactory ensemble averages. Particular attention is devoted to the acquisition of signals associated with vortex-shedding, for which tailored time-frequency analyses, based on the continuous wavelet and Hilbert transforms, are introduced. Sensitivity analyses are carried out on a selection of the relevant pa-rameters that better allow the tracing of the temporal variation of the shedding frequency. Time intervals in which the shedding frequency is constant, separated by discontinuities, are found during the transients. The number and extent of such constant-frequency time cells and discontinuities seem to be connected with the flow acceleration, but are not strictly repetitive. For higher levels of acceleration the ensemble mean of the Strouhal number is found to be comparable with or moderately lower than the steady-flow value corresponding to the instantaneous velocity.

Constant-frequency time cells in the vortex-shedding from a square cylinder in accelerating flows

Brusco S.;Buresti G.;Piccardo G.
2022-01-01

Abstract

An extensive experimental campaign has been carried out in a multiple-fan wind tunnel to study the effects of flow acceleration on a sectional model of a sharp-edged square cylinder. Different levels of positive and negative acceleration are reproduced, which are compatible with those induced by full-scale thunderstorm outflows. Various initial and final conditions are also explored and, in all conditions, multiple test repeats are carried out in order to obtain satisfactory ensemble averages. Particular attention is devoted to the acquisition of signals associated with vortex-shedding, for which tailored time-frequency analyses, based on the continuous wavelet and Hilbert transforms, are introduced. Sensitivity analyses are carried out on a selection of the relevant pa-rameters that better allow the tracing of the temporal variation of the shedding frequency. Time intervals in which the shedding frequency is constant, separated by discontinuities, are found during the transients. The number and extent of such constant-frequency time cells and discontinuities seem to be connected with the flow acceleration, but are not strictly repetitive. For higher levels of acceleration the ensemble mean of the Strouhal number is found to be comparable with or moderately lower than the steady-flow value corresponding to the instantaneous velocity.
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