A generalized low order model (LOM) for the fluctuating lift coefficient caused by vortex shedding from a tandem cylinder pair is proposed to expand upon models from previous authors. This model could provide a reduced computational time method for collecting qualitative and quantitive data from a tandem shedding pair. A delay coupled system with sufficient bifurcation characteristics is developed to account for the different flow regimes (extended-body, reattachment, and co-shedding) which occur as cylinder spacing is varied. Coefficient and parameter fitting is performed to fit experimental data. Finally, results and physical interpretations of the interactions in the model are discussed. It was found that many aspects of the flow at varying L/D ratios could be modeled by the LOM, including vortex suppression in the forward cylinder at the critical spacing, and amplitude growth in the rear cylinder in the co-shedding regime.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Soroka, Michael, "A Generalized Low Order Model for Vortex Shedding From a Tandem Cylinder Arrangement Using Delay Coupled Van der Pol Oscillators" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 846.