Velocity Measurements on the Forward Portion of a Cylinder

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D. E. Paxson, R. E. Mayle

Mechanical Engineering Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 12180

J. Fluids Eng 112(2), 243-245 (Jun 01, 1990) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2909396 History: Received March 07, 1989; Online May 23, 2008


Velocity measurements in the laminar boundary layer around the forward portion of a circular cylinder are presented. These results are compared to Blasius’ theory for laminar flow around a cylinder using a free-stream velocity distribution obtained from static pressure measurements on the cylinder. Even though the flow is periodically unsteady as a result of vortex shedding from the cylinder, it is found that the agreement is excellent.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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