Negative Magnus effect on a rotating sphere at around the critical Reynolds number

Masaya Muto, Hiroaki Watanabe, Makoto Tsubokura, Nobuyuki Oshima

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Negative Magnus lift acting on a sphere rotating about the axis perpendicular to an incoming flow is investigated using large-eddy simulation at three Reynolds numbers of 1.0 × 104, 2.0 × 10 5, and 1.14 × 106. The numerical methods adopted are first validated on a non-rotating sphere and the spatial resolution around the sphere is determined so as to reproduce the laminar separation, reattachment, and turbulent transition of the boundary layer observed at around the critical Reynolds number. In the rotating sphere, positive or negative Magnus effect is observed depending on the Reynolds number and the rotating speed imposed. At the Reynolds number in the subcritical or supercritical region, the direction of the lift force follows the Magnus effect to be independent of the rotational speed tested here. In contrast, negative lift is observed at the Reynolds number at the critical region when particular rotating speeds are imposed. The negative Magnus effect is discussed in the context of the suppression or promotion of boundary layer transition around the separation point.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032021
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue numberSECTION 3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event13th European Turbulence Conference, ETC13 - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: Sept 12 2011Sept 15 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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