Flow around cylindrical, rectangular and square bluff bodies / L.S. Kit, M. Govarhan and Mohd Kamel Wan Ibrahim

Kit, L.S. and Govarhan, M. and Wan Ibrahim, Mohd Kamel (2006) Flow around cylindrical, rectangular and square bluff bodies / L.S. Kit, M. Govarhan and Mohd Kamel Wan Ibrahim. In: Volume No. 1: Science and Technology, 30 – 31 May 2006, Swiss Garden Resort & Spa Kuantan, Pahang.


The flow around a bluff body is of great interesting engineering practice. Typical example of engineering applications is the computation of wind load on building and simulations of the flow around vehicles. This work is connected to the latter and studies some aspects related to vehicle and aircraft aerodynamics. such as drag and lift. Most studies of this kind of flow are experimental. The main objectives of conducting this research are to gain better understanding of flow through various bluff bodies. The bluff bodies that were used in this experiment are the cylindrical rods and the square rods. The dimensions are 20 mm in diameter and 100 mm long for the cylindrical rods and 20 x 20 mm wide and 100 mm long for the square rods. These cylindrical and square rods are then placed in a water stream with flat surface on its bottom of a hydraulic bench of 180 x 250 x 700 mm in dimensions. Water is pumped from one end of the stream flows out at the other end creating a flow of water along the stream. Various combinations like side by side and tandem arrangements of the bluff bodies were tried and for each arrangement the visualization studies were conducted. Then, aluminum powder sprayed on the surface of the water to visualize the flow pattern while passing over the Bluff bodies. A high resolution digital camera was mounted on the top of the water stream to capture the flow pattern created by the aluminum powder at surface of the water. The results are then studied analysed. The results indicated the formation of vortices, separation lines with distinct patterns depending on the configuration under study.


Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Kit, L.S.
Govarhan, M.
Wan Ibrahim, Mohd Kamel
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering. Civil engineering > Transportation engineering
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Pahang > Jengka Campus
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings Of The National Seminar On Science, Technology And Social Sciences
Event Title: Volume No. 1: Science and Technology
Event Dates: 30 – 31 May 2006
Page Range: pp. 735-742
Keywords: Vortices, visualization-study, tandem-arrangement, aluminum powder, interferences
Date: 2006
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/81947
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