Vortex shedding from flat plates with square leading and trailing edges having chord-to-thickness ratios 3–16 at Reynolds numbers (1–3) x 103 is investigated experimentally in low-speed wind tunnels. It is shown that vortex shedding from flat plates with square leading and trailing edges is characterized by the impinging-shear-layer instability where the separated shear layer becomes unstable in the presence of a sharp trailing edge corner. The Strouhal number which is based on the plate's chord is approximately constant and equal to 0.6 for chord-to-thickness ratios 3–5. With further increase in the ratio it increases stepwise to values that are approximately equal to integral multiples of 0.6.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering