A methodology is proposed here to estimate the stability characteristics of bluff-body wakes using local analysis under the assumption of weakly non-parallel flows. In this connection, a generalisation of the classic spatio-temporal stability analysis for fully three-dimensional flows is first described. Secondly, an additional higher-order correction term with respect to the common saddle-point global frequency estimation is included in the analysis. The proposed method is first validated for the case of the flow past a circular cylinder and then applied to two fully three-dimensional flows: the boundary layer flow over a wall-mounted hemispherical body and the wake flow past a fixed sphere. In all the cases considered, both the estimated unstable eigenvalue and the spatial shape of the associated eigenmode are determined by local stability analysis, and they are compared with the reference counterparts obtained at a definitely higher computational cost by a fully three-dimensional global stability analysis. It is shown that the results of local stability analysis, when the higher-order correction term is included, are in excellent agreement with those obtained by global stability analysis. It is also shown that the retained correction term is of crucial importance in this perspective, leading to a remarkable improvement in accuracy with respect to the classical saddle-point estimation.

Towards a quantitative comparison between global and local stability analysis

CITRO, VINCENZO;GIANNETTI, Flavio;LUCHINI, Paolo
2017-01-01

Abstract

A methodology is proposed here to estimate the stability characteristics of bluff-body wakes using local analysis under the assumption of weakly non-parallel flows. In this connection, a generalisation of the classic spatio-temporal stability analysis for fully three-dimensional flows is first described. Secondly, an additional higher-order correction term with respect to the common saddle-point global frequency estimation is included in the analysis. The proposed method is first validated for the case of the flow past a circular cylinder and then applied to two fully three-dimensional flows: the boundary layer flow over a wall-mounted hemispherical body and the wake flow past a fixed sphere. In all the cases considered, both the estimated unstable eigenvalue and the spatial shape of the associated eigenmode are determined by local stability analysis, and they are compared with the reference counterparts obtained at a definitely higher computational cost by a fully three-dimensional global stability analysis. It is shown that the results of local stability analysis, when the higher-order correction term is included, are in excellent agreement with those obtained by global stability analysis. It is also shown that the retained correction term is of crucial importance in this perspective, leading to a remarkable improvement in accuracy with respect to the classical saddle-point estimation.
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