The turbulent far-waked generated by a circular cylinder is investigated for two values (1350 and 4600) of the Reynolds number Reθ (based on the free stream velocity and the momentum thickness). Two arrays of sixteen X-wires, eight in the (x,y)-plane and eight in the (x,z)-plane, are used to capture the main features of the large-scale motion in two orthogonal planes. Both the magnitude of the measured Reynolds stresses and the size of the two-point velocity and vorticity correlation contours increase with Reynolds number. The probability density function and spectra of the velocity signals also exhibit differences with Reθ. A comparison of centerline turbulence intensities with those in the literature suggests that the Reynolds number dependence may disappear for Reθ?5000.
Experiments in Fluids
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