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In this paper, the passive control of flow past a semi-circular cylinder is investigated. This control is achieved by adding a porous medium between the solid obstacle and the incompressible fluid in order to reduce drag forces and regularize the flow. A vortex-penalization method is chosen to easily model the flow in the different media. Several configurations of the porous layer are investigated and parametric studies are performed in order to determine the most efficient passive flow control devices. This control study can be considered as a first step to propose efficient strategies to regularize the flow around a side-view mirror.

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