In this paper, numerical sensitivity analysis with respect to the
Reynolds number for the flow past obstacle problem is presented.
To carry out such analysis, at each time step, we need to solve the
incompressible Navier-Stokes equations on irregular domains twice, one for the
primary variables; the other is for the sensitivity variables with
homogeneous boundary conditions.
The Navier-Stokes solver is the augmented immersed
interface method for Navier-Stokes equations on irregular domains.
One of the most important contribution of this paper is that our analysis
can predict the critical Reynolds number at which the vortex shading
begins to develop in the wake of the obstacle. Some interesting experiments are shown
to illustrate how the critical Reynolds number varies with different