Equilibrium configuration of a rectangular obstacle immersed in a channel flow

Prof. Denis Bonheure

Date: 19th February 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm (UTC -3) Link: PPGM/UFSCar Youtube channel

Abstract: Fluid flows around an obstacle generate vortices which, in turn, generate lift forces on the obstacle. Therefore, even in a perfectly symmetric framework equilibrium positions may be asymmetric. We show that this is not the case for a Poiseuille flow in an unbounded 2D channel, at least for small Reynolds number and flow rate. We consider both the cases of vertically moving obstacles and obstacles rotating around a fixed pin.