The paper reports on an experimental study of turbulent flow around a pair of circular cylinders with a pitch ratio of two. The cylinders were located in the vicinity of a plane wall, in a uniform stream, and adjacent to a free surface in an open channel. The Reynolds number based on depth of flow and fresstream velocity was 30300 while the Froude number was 0.3. A particle image velocimetry technique was used to conduct detailed velocity measurements around and in the near wake region of the cylinder pairs, from which contours and profiles of the mean velocities and turbulent statistics were obtained and discussed. The proper orthogonal decomposition was then applied to provide an insight into the structure of the flow. Reconstruction of the fluctuating velocity components for various numbers of modes were also shown to investigate the role of large-scale structures.

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