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Three-dimensional (3-D) wake transition for flow past a square cylinder aligned with sides perpendicular and parallel to the approaching flow is investigated using direct numerical simulation. The secondary wake instability, namely a Mode A instability, occurs at a Reynolds number (Re) of 165.7. A gradual wake transition from Mode A∗ (i.e. Mode A with vortex dislocations) to Mode B is observed over a range of from 185 to 210, within which the probability of occurrence of vortex dislocations decreases monotonically with increasing Re. The characteristics of the Strouhal-Reynolds number relationship are analysed. At the onset of Mode A∗, a sudden drop of the 3-D Strouhal number from its two-dimensional counterpart is observed, which is due to the subcritical nature of the Mode A∗ instability. A continuous 3-D Strouhal-Reynolds number curve is observed over the mode swapping regime, since Mode A∗ and Mode B have extremely close vortex shedding frequencies and therefore only a single merged peak is observed in the frequency spectrum. The existence of hysteresis for the Mode A and Mode B wake instabilities is examined. The unconfined Mode A and Mode B wake instabilities are hysteretic and non-hysteretic, respectively. However, a spanwise confined Mode A could be non-hysteretic. It is proposed that the existence of hysteresis at a wake instability can be identified by examining the sudden/gradual variation of the 3-D flow properties at the onset of the wake instability, with sudden and gradual variations corresponding to hysteretic (subcritical) and non-hysteretic (supercritical) flows, respectively.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 102-127 |

Number of pages | 26 |

Journal | Journal of Fluid Mechanics |

Volume | 842 |

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Publication status | Published - 10 May 2018 |

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*Journal of Fluid Mechanics*, vol. 842, pp. 102-127. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2018.104

**Three-dimensional wake transition of a square cylinder.** / Jiang, Hongyi; Cheng, Liang; An, Hongwei.

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T1 - Three-dimensional wake transition of a square cylinder

AU - Jiang, Hongyi

AU - Cheng, Liang

AU - An, Hongwei

PY - 2018/5/10

Y1 - 2018/5/10

N2 - Three-dimensional (3-D) wake transition for flow past a square cylinder aligned with sides perpendicular and parallel to the approaching flow is investigated using direct numerical simulation. The secondary wake instability, namely a Mode A instability, occurs at a Reynolds number (Re) of 165.7. A gradual wake transition from Mode A∗ (i.e. Mode A with vortex dislocations) to Mode B is observed over a range of from 185 to 210, within which the probability of occurrence of vortex dislocations decreases monotonically with increasing Re. The characteristics of the Strouhal-Reynolds number relationship are analysed. At the onset of Mode A∗, a sudden drop of the 3-D Strouhal number from its two-dimensional counterpart is observed, which is due to the subcritical nature of the Mode A∗ instability. A continuous 3-D Strouhal-Reynolds number curve is observed over the mode swapping regime, since Mode A∗ and Mode B have extremely close vortex shedding frequencies and therefore only a single merged peak is observed in the frequency spectrum. The existence of hysteresis for the Mode A and Mode B wake instabilities is examined. The unconfined Mode A and Mode B wake instabilities are hysteretic and non-hysteretic, respectively. However, a spanwise confined Mode A could be non-hysteretic. It is proposed that the existence of hysteresis at a wake instability can be identified by examining the sudden/gradual variation of the 3-D flow properties at the onset of the wake instability, with sudden and gradual variations corresponding to hysteretic (subcritical) and non-hysteretic (supercritical) flows, respectively.

AB - Three-dimensional (3-D) wake transition for flow past a square cylinder aligned with sides perpendicular and parallel to the approaching flow is investigated using direct numerical simulation. The secondary wake instability, namely a Mode A instability, occurs at a Reynolds number (Re) of 165.7. A gradual wake transition from Mode A∗ (i.e. Mode A with vortex dislocations) to Mode B is observed over a range of from 185 to 210, within which the probability of occurrence of vortex dislocations decreases monotonically with increasing Re. The characteristics of the Strouhal-Reynolds number relationship are analysed. At the onset of Mode A∗, a sudden drop of the 3-D Strouhal number from its two-dimensional counterpart is observed, which is due to the subcritical nature of the Mode A∗ instability. A continuous 3-D Strouhal-Reynolds number curve is observed over the mode swapping regime, since Mode A∗ and Mode B have extremely close vortex shedding frequencies and therefore only a single merged peak is observed in the frequency spectrum. The existence of hysteresis for the Mode A and Mode B wake instabilities is examined. The unconfined Mode A and Mode B wake instabilities are hysteretic and non-hysteretic, respectively. However, a spanwise confined Mode A could be non-hysteretic. It is proposed that the existence of hysteresis at a wake instability can be identified by examining the sudden/gradual variation of the 3-D flow properties at the onset of the wake instability, with sudden and gradual variations corresponding to hysteretic (subcritical) and non-hysteretic (supercritical) flows, respectively.

KW - vortex instability

KW - vortex streets

KW - wakes

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U2 - 10.1017/jfm.2018.104

DO - 10.1017/jfm.2018.104

M3 - Article

VL - 842

SP - 102

EP - 127

JO - Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

JF - Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

SN - 0022-1120

ER -