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On-road Turbulence: Part 2

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-3995, e-ISSN: 1946-4002
Published April 20, 2009 by SAE International in United States
On-road Turbulence: Part 2
Citation: Wordley, S. and Saunders, J., "On-road Turbulence: Part 2," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars – Mech. Syst. 2(1):111-137, 2009,
Language: English


This work presents a second series of turbulence measurements made in a range of different on-road terrains and traffic conditions. Wind measurements were captured using a rake of four separate multi-hole pressure probes mounted to the front of a test vehicle traveling at a road speed of 100 km/h. Analysis of the data shows how the turbulence intensities and length scales are modified by terrain type, road side obstacles and the upstream wakes of other moving vehicles. A vertical ‘profile’ of turbulence near the ground is generated and spatial correlations between probes are examined. These on-road results are then compared to the turbulence levels generated by the Monash University wind tunnel. A new method and a series of targets are then proposed for improving the modeling of turbulence in automotive wind tunnels.