Obstacle Geometry Effect on the Stability of Two-Dimensional Incompressible Flow in a Channel

Salwa Fezai, Nader BEN-CHEIKH, Brahim Ben beya, T. Lili
2016 Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics  
Two-dimensional incompressible fluid flow around a rectangular shape placed over a larger rectangular shape is analyzed numerically. The vortex shedding is investigated at different arrangements of the two shapes. The calculations are carried out for several values of Reynolds numbers from low values up to 52. At low Reynolds number, the flow remains steady. The flow characteristics are analyzed for each configuration. The analysis of the flow evolution shows that with increasing Re beyond a
more » ... tain critical value, the flow becomes unstable and undergoes a bifurcation. It is observed that the transition to unsteady regime is performed by a Hopf bifurcation. The critical Reynolds number beyond which the flow becomes unsteady is determined for each configuration.
doi:10.18869/acadpub.jafm.68.225.24446 fatcat:zzht7q4bzrb4nialx5pxm5lz7a