The turbulent environment experienced by ground vehicles is currently not well understood. Due to this, and other historical reasons, the aerodynamic testing of automobiles is usually conducted in extremely low-turbulence wind tunnels (<1%), which is in clear contradiction with the small amount of wind data available to date for these heights. This work presents a series of turbulence measurements made in a range of different on-road terrains and traffic conditions. This data was captured using 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 both the turbulence intensities and turbulent length scales are modified by terrain type, road side obstacles and the upstream wakes of other moving vehicles.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars: Electronic and Electrical Systems|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|