Two-dimensional flow around a circular cylinder forced to follow an elliptical path at low Reynolds numbers is investigated numerically using a thoroughly tested in-house code based on the finite difference method. Time-mean (TM) and rms values of lift, drag and base pressure coefficients are investigated within the lock-in region against the transverse oscillation amplitude for Reynolds number Re = 150 at frequency ratios of 0.8, 0.9 and 1.0 while the ratio of in-line and transverse cylinder oscillation amplitudes is kept at six different values yielding slender elliptical cylinder paths. The objective of the paper is to investigate the effect of the shape of the path, or amplitude ratio, on force coefficients. Findings show that for the cases investigated the rms of lift and TM of drag and base pressure are hardly affected by the amplitude ratio, while its effects are pronounced on the TM of lift and rms of drag and base pressure.

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