Effect of gusty inflow on the jet-switching characteristics of a plunging foil

Dipanjan Majumdar, Chandan Bose, Sunetra Sarkar*

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The effect of stochastic inflow fluctuations on the jet-switching characteristics of a harmonically plunging elliptic foil at a low Reynolds number regime has been analyzed in the present study. The inflow fluctuations are generated by simulating an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process - a stationary Gauss-Markov process - with a chosen correlation function. In the absence of fluctuations, quasi-periodic movement of the wake vortices plays a key role in bringing out jet-switching at κh ≥ 1.5. However, fluctuating inflow alters the organized arrangement of the vortex street even at a lower κh (κh = 1.0), giving way to an advanced jet-switching onset. More frequent switching with a larger deflection angle is also observed at κh = 1.5 as compared to the no fluctuation case. Effects of inflow timescales on the deflection angle and switching frequency of the wake are investigated by varying the input correlation-lengths. The underlying flow physics are investigated through a qualitative study of the near-field interactions as well as various quantitative measures derived from the unsteady flow-field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117105
JournalPhysics of Fluids
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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