Pressure field of a rotating square plate with application to windborne debris

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Traditionally, a quasi steady response concerning the aerodynamic force and moment coefficients acting on a flat plate while 'flying' through the air has been assumed. Such an assumption has enabled the flight paths of windborne debris to be predicted and an indication of its potential damage to be inferred. In order to investigate this assumption in detail, a series of physical and numerical simulations relating to flat plates subject to autorotation has been undertaken. The physical experiments have been carried out using a novel pressure acquisition technique which provides a description of the pressure distribution on a square plate which was allowed to auto-rotate at different speeds by modifying the velocity of the incoming flow. The current work has for the first time, enabled characteristic pressure signals on the surface of an auto-rotating flat plate to be attributed to vortex shedding.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-529
Number of pages21
JournalWind and Structures
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012