IJE TRANSACTIONS B: Applications Vol. 19, No. 1 (December 2006) 73-82   

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A. Nouri - Borujerdi*

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
Tehran, Iran, anouri@sharif.edu

A. M. Lavasani

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Science and Research Branch
Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

*Corresponding Author

( Received: December 30, 2004 – Accepted in Revised Form: November 02, 2006 )

Abstract    The flow behavior around a cam shaped tube in cross flow has been investigated experimentally using flow visualization and pressure distribution measurement. The range of attack angle and Reynolds number based on an equivalent circular diameter are within 0 ≤ α ≤ 360˚ and 2 x 104 < Reeq < 3.4 x 104, respectively. The pressure drag features are clarified in relation to the flow behavior around the tube. It is found that the highest pressure drag coefficient occurs at α = 90˚ and 270˚ over the whole range of Reynolds number. Results show that the pressure drag coefficient of the cam shaped tube is lower than that of a circular tube with the same surface area for more of the angles of attack.


Keywords    Experiment, Visualization, Pressure Drag, Cross Flow, Non - Circular Tube



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