Experiments have been carried out on a free-to-rotate short-tail fairing fitted to a rigid length of circular cylinder to investigate the effect of rotational friction on the stability of this type of VIV suppressor. Measurements of the dynamic response are presented for models with low mass and damping which are free to respond in the cross-flow and streamwise directions. It is shown how VIV can be reduced if the fairing presents a rotational friction above a critical limit. In this configuration the fairing finds a stable position deflected from the flow direction and a steady lift force appears towards the side the fairing has deflected. The fluid-dynamic mechanism is very similar to that observed for a free-to-rotate splitter plate of equivalent length.

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