Flow Past a Right Circular Cylinder in a Rotating Frame

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D. L. Boyer

University of Delaware, Newark, Del.

J. Basic Eng 92(3), 430-435 (Sep 01, 1970) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3425021 History: Received August 01, 1969; Online October 27, 2010


The flow of a homogeneous incompressible fluid past a right circular cylinder in a rotating frame is considered; the axis of the cylinder is taken parallel to the axis of rotation while the cylinder is bounded above and below by two infinite parallel flat plates. A series of experiments are presented which qualitatively describe the flow for an aspect ratio of 1.0 and Rossby and Ekman number ranges of (10)−2 < Ro < 1.0 and (10)−4 < E < (10)−3 , respectively. The flow regimes differ significantly from those occurring in nonrotating systems.

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