The phenomenon of sound generation has been investigated in some detail for the case of bare cylinders; however, the effect of adding fins to the cylinder on the flow–sound interaction mechanism is not yet fully understood. Thus, the aeroacoustic response of a cylinder with straight circular fins in cross-flow is investigated experimentally in this work. During the experiments, the acoustic modes of the duct housing the cylinder are self-excited due to the vortex shedding that emerges from the cylinder's surface. In order to determine the effect of different fin parameters on the onset and intensity of acoustic resonance, 14 different finned cylinders with fin thickness ranging from 0.35 to 1.5 mm and fin density ranging from 4 to 13.7 fin/in. are investigated. It is observed that the finned cylinders experience an earlier acoustic resonance and higher levels of acoustic pressure compared to their equivalent bare cylinders. Moreover, it is observed that, for constant fin spacing, the acoustic pressure amplitude increases and the acoustic resonance occurs at earlier velocities as the fin thickness increases. On the other hand, for constant fin thickness, as the fin spacing increases the amplitude of the acoustic pressure decreases while the onset of the resonance is delayed. Finally, the effect of the cylinder's aspect ratio on the acoustic resonance excitation is presented. It is shown that as the finned cylinders' aspect ratio increases from 4.85 to 11.3, the normalized acoustic pressure during resonance increases drastically. However, for bare cylinders the normalized acoustic pressure during resonance is not highly dependent on the cylinders' aspect ratio. These results indicate that adding fins to the cylinder alters the flow field downstream of the cylinder in a manner that makes it more susceptible to acoustic excitation.

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