An experimental wind tunnel study was performed to assess the effect of aspect ratio and rotational speed of circular cylinders of varying diameter on the flow patterns behind the cylinders in the presence of a uniform upstream crossflow. Six circular cylinders of constant length but different diameters, producing aspect ratios 6 ≤ AR ≤ 32 were examined at a single upstream velocity such that the Reynolds number varied between 1920 ≤ Re ≤ 10240. Rotational speeds from stationary up to 3600 rpm were applied to the cylinders, so that the maximum relative velocity α = πfD/U = 0.80. Mean velocity profiles were measured three diameters downstream of the cylinder axis at 6 equidistant locations, and PSD power spectral density were generated for 26 equidistant locations along the cylinder, to create a comprehensive record of spanwise variations under all rotational conditions. For the highest aspect ratio tested, the wake velocity profiles were independent of rotational speed at all spanwise locations, whereas at lower aspect ratios, the maximum velocity defect diminished with increasing rotational speed along most of the span and became asymmetric near the free end. Two distinct shedding cells were found only for a cylinder with an aspect ratio of twelve at three relative spin rates of 0.067, 0.27, and 0.4. In cases where only a single cell existed, increased rotational speed produced a higher vortex shedding frequency on a given aspect ratio cylinder.

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