Vortex Shedding from a Hot Cylinder

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This numerical simulation shows vortex shedding behind a hot cylinder. The behavior is very similar to what one sees behind an unheated cylinder, until the coefficient of thermal expansion increases and the von Karman vortex street is completely distorted. Describing the particulars of the computation, jessecaps writes (links added):

I wrote an incompressible flow solver to simulate flow past a heated cylinder. The Navier-Stokes equations are discretized on a Cartesian grid and solved explicitly in time. The pressure-Poisson equation is solved implicitly using a bi-conjugate gradient method. The Boussinesq approximation was used (density is constant everywhere except for the gravity term) to account for buoyancy. Reynolds number = 250, Froude number = 1 (gravity is pointing down). The two simulations show the effect of the coefficient of thermal expansion. Each video shows a plot of velocity and temperature.

(submitted by jessecaps)

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