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# WIND ENGINEERING BLUFF BODY

AERODYNAMICS
Lecture 1
MEC 4459
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Wind environment and engineering
Mr David Burton
Tel: +61 3 990 55865
david.burton@monash.edu

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The following lectures have been updated
Lecture 2: Slide 8
Lecture 3: Slide 20-21, 27, 33
Lecture 5: Slide 5

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Bernoullis equation
Bluff bodies
Pressure coefficients
Forces and moments
Drag coefficients
2 dimensional objects
Reynolds Number Effects

Lecture Overview

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What is a bluff body?
Blunt / bluff geometry
Separated flow
Drag forces dominated by pressure drag
Large wake
Contrast to airfoil /streamlined body

What are the relevant parameters?
Body forces (force coefficients peak and average)
Local pressures (surface pressures, distribution, peak and
average)
Flow regime (spatial variation velocity, turbulence)

What affects these parameters (non-exhaustive)?
Body geometry (including location of measurement point)
Wind direction
Reynolds Number
Jensen Number (boundary layer profile)
Turbulence Intensity (u, v and w)
Turbulence Length Scale (referenced to the body geometry)

Bluff Bodies
Top: http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/courses/Visualisierung/2007-2008/Beispiel2/banova_alsallakh/index.htm
Bottom: http://www.dept.aoe.vt.edu/~devenpor/aoe3054/manual/expt1/fig7.jpg
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Bluff Bodies (examples)
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Bluff Bodies (examples)
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and incompressible)

Bernoullis equation
Static pressure
Dynamic pressure
Hydrostatic
pressure
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Pressure Coefficient:

,1
=

1

0,

,

1
:pressure (at point 1)

0,
: reference static pressure

,
=
1
2

2

: density of fluid (air ~ 1.2kg/m^3 in Melbourne)
Pressure coefficient is a way of expressing the pressure at a point
(usually at a surface) independently of the flow properties

Pressure Coefficients
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Ignoring gravity effects then
for irrotational flow:

+
1
2

2
=
0
+
1
2

,1
=

1

0,

,
= 1

0
2

Bernoullis equation
Stagnation point

= 0
,1
= 1

=

,1
= 0

>

,1
< 0

Only holds for
irrotational /inviscid
flows
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Stagnation pressure
FLOW AROUND A THREE-DIMENSIONAL BLUFF BODY S. Krajnovic and L. Davidson, 9TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FLOW
VISUALISATION, 2000
Wind Direction
Wind Direction
Pressure Iso-surfaces Surface Pressure Coefficients
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Force Coefficients:

,1
=

1

,

In wind engineering drag forces are
conventionally resolved in
direction parallel (drag force),
perpendicular (side and lift force)
to the direction of the wind.
However, note it is often more
convenient to reference the force
coefficients to the body axis of the
model (or structure)
Force Coefficients
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Force Coefficients
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Moment Coefficients
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Irrotational flow:
Cylinder Flow
Batchelor, G. K. (1970). An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press
=

0
2

,
= 1 4
2
()

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Cylinder Flow
Batchelor, G. K. (1970). An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press Heat Transfer by A. Mills
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Cylinder / Sphere Drag Coefficient
http://www.intechopen.com/source/html/16897/media/image
2.jpeg - W. H. Bell, 1983 turbulence vs drag-some future
consideration, Ocean Engng, 10 1 4763 .

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Curved surfaces
Coanda effect
in flow direction)

Flow Separation
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Where there is a significant
layer is termed a shear
layer
A boundary layer is an
attached shear layer
Can also have a free shear
layer

Shear Layers
Boundary-Layer Theory, Herrmann Schlichting, K. Gersten, Klaus Gersten, p663
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Sharp edged body
Melbourne, B. Lecture Notes, W Eng
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Rectangular bodies (2D)
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Force Coefficients and Reynolds
Number
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Force Coefficients and Reynolds
Number
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Force Coefficients and Reynolds
Number
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Drag Coefficients 2d
Scruton, Introduction to wind effects on structures
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Drag Coefficients 2d
Scruton, Introduction to wind effects on structures