A finite-difference study of the sinusoidally oscillating flow past a fixed circular cylinder is made using vorticity and stream function as the dependent variables. Calculations are performed for conditions which lead to both a symmetric wake and an unsymmetric wake. The Reynolds number ranges from 100 to 3000 and the Keulegan-Carpenter number ranges from 1 to 12. A hybrid differencing scheme is introduced to provide a stable for large values of the parameters. Good comparison to flow visualization results and calculated force coefficients is found. The results are given a physical interpretation for the various vortex patterns observed.

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