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Journal of Vibration Testing and System Dynamics

C. Steve Suh (editor), Pawel Olejnik (editor),

Xianguo Tuo (editor)

Pawel Olejnik (editor)

Lodz University of Technology, Poland


C. Steve Suh (editor)

Texas A&M University, USA


Xiangguo Tuo (editor)

Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, China


Bifurcation of the Equilibria of a Cylinder in a Steady Two-dimensional Channel Flow

Journal of Vcibration Testing and System Dynamics 3(4) (2019) 373--389 | DOI:10.5890/JVTSD.2019.12.001

Zachary J. Lipira, Z. C. Feng

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA

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The flow about a circular cylinder placed within a channel is studied numerically in order to examine the lift forces on the cylinder for Reynolds numbers below the onset of unsteady flow. It is observed that there is a critical Reynolds number between 60 and 80 that results in the lift force to become destabilizing for the cylinder equilibrium position at the center of the channel. Meanwhile, two new equilibrium positions of the cylinder away from the channel center come to existence. Associated with this bifurcation of the equilibria, the flow streamline and vorticity plots are presented.


The authors have benefited from discussions with Dr. John Kennedy, Dr. Gary Solbrekken, and Dr. Howard Hu.


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