Numerical experiments in unsteady flows through the use of full Navier-Stokes equations.
Putzig, Christopher J.
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The numerical simulations of impulsively started flow, non- impulsively started flow, sinusoidally oscillating flow, and, finally, co- existing flow (with mean and oscillatory components) past a circular cylinder have been investigated in great detail through the use of several compact schemes with the Navier-Stokes vorticity/stream function formulation for various Reynolds numbers, frequency parameters, and ambient flow/oscillating flow combinations using VAX-3520 and NASA's Supercomputers. Extensive sensitivity analysis has been performed to delineate the effects of time step, outer boundary, nodal points on the cylinder, and the use of higher order polynomials in the calculation of the gradient of wall vorticity. The results have been compared with those obtained experimentally. In many cases the predicted wake region, vorticity and pressure distributions, and the time-variation of the force coefficients have shown excellent agreement with those obtained experimentally