Department of Astronautical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, 34469, Turkey
This study focuses on drag prediction in the near-wake of a circular cylinder by use of mean velocity profiles and discusses the closest location where a wake survey would yield an accurate result. Although the investigation considers both the mean and fluctuating velocities, the main focus is on the mean momentum deficit which should be handled properly beyond a critical distance. Digital Particle Image Velocimetry (DPIV) experiments are performed in a Reynolds number range of 100 to 1250. Wake characteristics such as vortex formation length (L) and wake width (t) are determined and their relations to drag prediction are presented. Drag coefficients determined by momentum deficit formula are found to be in good agreement with experimental and numerical literature data in present Reynolds number regime.