Simulating tornado-like flows: the effect of the simulator’s geometry
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Within the wind engineering community, a series of physical simulators of differing geometries have been used to investigate the flow-field of tornado-like vortices. This paper examines the influence that the geometry of a simulator can have on the generated flow field. Surface pressure and velocity data have been measured for two swirl ratios (S = 0.30 and S = 0.69) in two different simulators of different scale and varying geometry. The results of this research suggest that far from being a mature research field, there are still many unresolved questions that need to be addressed before data obtained from such simulators can be used with confidence in practice.
|Number of pages||14|
|Early online date||25 Nov 2019|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2019|
- tornado-like vortex, physical simulation, simulator’s design, geometric parameters, aspect ratio, swirl ratio