Scaling of streamwise vortices in wakes

C. H.K. Williamson, J. Wu, J. Sheridan

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In this Letter, we demonstrate the coexistence of two distinct systems of streamwise vortices in a bluff body wake. It appears that there exist conditions to amplify streamwise voracity in bluff body wakes, by vortex stretching, in both the separating shear layers from the sides of the body and also in the vortex street wake. The length scale governing the streamwise vortices in the shear layer has a 1/√Re dependence, whereas the scale of such structures in the wake is independent of Reynolds number, Re (over a large range of Re). The proposition that there should exist two distinct, and possibly disparate, spanwise length scales in the cylinder wake is well supported by compiled measurements, particularly those of Williams and co-workers (Mansy et al. [J. Fluid Mech. 270, 277 (1994)]), as well as those from Chyu and Rockwell (submitted to J. Fluid Mech.).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2307-2309
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995

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