The forces on a cylinder oscillating sinusoidaiiy in water: II, further experiments

Charles Dalton, John P. Hunt, A. K.M.F. Hussain

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This paper deals with wave forces on a single cylinder. The wave forces are simulated in a laboratory by oscillating a cylinder sinusoidally in water otherwise at rest. This effort is a parametric study relating a force coefficient to such variables as instantaneous Reynolds number, period parameter, and d/√vT. The force is not decomposed into drag and inertia components, but is represented as a continuous function of the previously mentioned parameters. The idea is to determine how the acceleration affects the force. Considerable deviation from a Reynolds-number only dependence is noted for low Reynolds numbers. The steady-flow drag coefficient value is asymptotically obtained for large Reynolds numbers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOffshore Technology Conference, OTC 1976
PublisherOffshore Technology Conference
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781555635893
StatePublished - 1976
Event8th Annual Offshore Technology Conference, OTC 1976 - Houston, United States
Duration: May 3 1976May 6 1976

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-3663


Other8th Annual Offshore Technology Conference, OTC 1976
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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