Investigation of unrestrained cylinders rolling in steady uniform flows Academic Article uri icon


  • The goal of this study is to understand the movement of unexploded ordnance that may become unburied and forced by currents. Symmetrical, smooth, finite-length, unrestrained cylinders were studied in steady, uniform flows over a range of Reynolds numbers in a smooth-bottomed, horizontal flume. The study uses PIV tracking methods in the laboratory to identify the movement of ordnance simulated by unrestrained cylinders. The PIV is supported with a numerical analysis using a RANS flow solver. The simulations showed that at low Reynolds numbers the cylinders should roll at speeds near 70% of the free-stream flow. 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Davis, J. E., Edge, B. L., & Chen, H.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Davis, Jack E||Edge, Billy L||Chen, Hamn-Ching

publication date

  • July 2007