Flowfield around a Body with Elastic Walls
When a bluff body is located in a uniform flow, the flow is separated and vortices are formed. Consequently, the vortices cause “flow-induced vibrations”. Especially, if the Strouhal number and the frequency of the body oscillation coincide with the natural frequency, the lock-in regime will occur and we could find the large damages on it. Therefore, it is profitable, in engineering problems, to clarify this phenomenon and to suppress the vibration, in which the effect of elastic walls on the suppression is focused. Then, the aims of this article are to clarify the oscillatory characteristics of the elastic body and the flowfield around the body by numerical simulations, in which a square pillar with elastic walls is set in a uniform flow. Two dimensional incompressible flows are solved by the continuity equation, Navier-Stokes equation and the Poisson equation which are derived by taking divergence of Navier-Stokes equation. Results show that a small deformation of elastic walls has a large influence on the body motion. In particular, the effect is very distinct at the back.
Wei Yang, Mamtimin Geni, Tiejun Wang and Zhuo Zhuang
N. Arai, K. Fujimura, Y. Takakura, "Flowfield around a Body with Elastic Walls", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 33-37, pp. 1083-1088, 2008