Velocity Correlation and Vortex Spacing in the Wake of a Vibrating Cable

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S. E. Ramberg, O. M. Griffin

Ocean Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.

J. Fluids Eng 98(1), 10-18 (Mar 01, 1976) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448158 History: Received January 20, 1975; Online October 12, 2010


The von Karman vortex streets formed in the wakes of vibrating, flexible cables were studied using hot wire anemometers. The experiments took place in or at the boundaries of the flow regime where the vibration and vortex-shedding frequencies lock together, or synchronize, to control the wake formation. Spacial cross-correlations of the wake velocity signals were made for Reynolds numbers between 400 and 1300. Within the synchronized region, the magnitude of the measured spanwise cross-correlation coefficient is seen to approach unity, being limited by turbulence but apparently independent of frequency, amplitude, and Reynolds number. The bounds of the lock-in regime are determined and compare remarkably well with previous vibrating, rigid cylinder results. Further, the downstream longitudinal vortex spacing and induced street velocity are also found to compare well with vibrating cylinder results.

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