Flow around Cylinder between Parallel Walls

by Stevens T. K. Chan, Res. Assoc.; Depts. of Aerospace and Civ. Engrg., Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY; formerly, Grad. Student, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of California, Davis, CA,
Bruce E. Larock, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of California, Davis, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 5, Pg. 1317-1322

Document Type: Journal Paper


The potential flow of fluid around a circular cylinder, which is located mid-way between two parallel walls, is a seemingly simple problem that evokes the recurring interest of hydrodynamicists. But previous investigators report quantitatively differing numerical results, with some differences exceeding 15%. This note reports the application of a refined finite element technique to this problem in an attempt to resolve these differences.

Subject Headings: Cylinders | Walls | Fluid flow | Potential flow | Finite element method

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