The effect of shape and shedding on the dynamics of the pendulum

Abstract : The simple pendulum is a paradigm for many problems in physics (oscillators, resonances, instabilities, dissipative systems, etc.). A recent study performed an experimental investigation of the influence of the turbulence level on the aerodynamic forces acting on a circular plate facing a mean stream by measuring the equilibrium position of the plate when it is mounted on a pendulum capable of moving in the streamwise direction. It was found that the equilibrium of a pendular disk facing a flow exhibits bi-stability and hysteresis, caused by the well known mechanism of detachment/reattachment of the boundary layer of the blob. In this work we propose a systematic study of the influence of the geometry of the pendulum blob on this behaviour and some characterisation of the turbulent wake it generates. Pendulum blobs with regular peripheries (such as squares, triangles and disks) and with fractal/irregular peripheries (as used in) are studied. We find that all the plates with irregular/fractal peripheries present smooth mean angle profiles and low, constant fluctuations for all positions tested in these experiments. Irregular/fractal peripheries therefore inhibit the reattachment mechanism.
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Martin Obligado, Martin Gonzalez Ramirez, John Christos Vassilicos. The effect of shape and shedding on the dynamics of the pendulum. APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (Fall) 2017, Nov 2017, Denver, United States. ⟨hal-02061927⟩



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