Experiments on the Flow Around a Sphere at High Reynolds Numbers

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T. Maxworthy

Departments of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 36(3), 598-607 (Sep 01, 1969) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3564723 History: Received January 27, 1969; Online September 14, 2011


Flow around a sphere for Reynolds numbers between 2 × 105 and 6 × 104 has been observed by measuring the pressure distribution around a circle of longitude under a variety of conditions. These include the effects of laminar and turbulent boundary layer separation, tunnel blockage, various boundary layer trip arrangements and inserting an object to disrupt the unsteady, recirculation region behind the sphere.

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