Experimental study of a tethered cylinder in a free stream

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This paper describes results of an experimental investigation into the motion of a tethered cylinder. Both the cylinder and the tether are rigid, restricting the cylinder motion to a one-dimensional arc. The response of the cylinder as the free stream flow is gradually increased is described in terms of the mean tether angle and the amplitude of the cylinder oscillations. Two distinct states are observed, where the transition between the states is characterized by an abrupt jump in both the amplitude of oscillation and the mean tether angle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIUTAM Symposium on Integrated Modeling of fully coupled fluid structure interactions using analysis, computations and experiments
EditorsHaym Benaroya, Timothy J Wei
Place of PublicationDordrecht The Netherlands
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1402018061, 9781402018060
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameFluid Mechanics and its Applications
ISSN (Print)0926-5112


  • Cylinder
  • Experimental
  • Tethered

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