Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering


College of Engineering


Nandeesh Hiremath

Advisor Department

Aerospace Engineering

Advisor College

College of Engineering


This thesis presents a novel, cost-effective method for mapping the pressure distribution on a rotating cylinder in cross flow, a phenomenon central to the Magnus effect. Utilizing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) pressure sensors, a high-resolution data acquisition system was developed and integrated into a rotating cylinder model. Compared to traditional approaches, such as slip rings or one-off designs, this method proved significantly cheaper and faster while achieving comparable or superior resolution. The experimental setup, including a modified continuous rotation technique and adaptable model design, facilitated rapid testing across a broad range of Reynolds numbers and reduced frequencies, exceeding the scope of existing literature. This provided an unprecedentedly detailed view of pressure distributions under both steady and unsteady flow conditions. The validated experimental methodology, applicable to arbitrary bluff body shapes and attitudes, has the potential to significantly accelerate research into unsteady aerodynamics. Moreover, the low-cost, adaptable nature of the setup allows its integration into educational settings, providing students with hands-on experience in experimental fluid mechanics and data acquisition.

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