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Vortex street wakes downstream of truncated and full cylinders in a rotating fluid

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1992
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An experimental study has been conducted to examine the flow field about and the wake behind truncated cylindrical obstacles of varying height, which are towed through a fluid with a free surface in a rotating system. The results show the development of a vortex street-type wake downstream of the obstacle for retrograde (westward) flows, even for very small ratios of obstacle height to water layer depth. For short obstacles, a pronounced backward flowing jet is observed, which impinges on the Taylor column from downstream. Prograde (eastward) flows are found to have a meandering wake that extends farther than eight obstacle diameters downstream and do not exhibit backjetting or vortex street formation. Upwelling is believed to occur within the side boundary layers of the Taylor column, which could play a significant role in deep water production in the ocean.
Title: Vortex street wakes downstream of truncated and full cylinders in a rotating fluid.
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Name(s): Leader, Bram.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Marshall, Jeffrey S., Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1992
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 92 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: An experimental study has been conducted to examine the flow field about and the wake behind truncated cylindrical obstacles of varying height, which are towed through a fluid with a free surface in a rotating system. The results show the development of a vortex street-type wake downstream of the obstacle for retrograde (westward) flows, even for very small ratios of obstacle height to water layer depth. For short obstacles, a pronounced backward flowing jet is observed, which impinges on the Taylor column from downstream. Prograde (eastward) flows are found to have a meandering wake that extends farther than eight obstacle diameters downstream and do not exhibit backjetting or vortex street formation. Upwelling is believed to occur within the side boundary layers of the Taylor column, which could play a significant role in deep water production in the ocean.
Identifier: 14827 (digitool), FADT14827 (IID), fau:11615 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.E.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1992.
Subject(s): Taylor vortices
Fluid dynamics
Vortex-motion
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