Flow around an articulated lorry model

Lo, K. H. and Kontis, K. (2017) Flow around an articulated lorry model. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 82, pp. 58-74. (doi: 10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2016.11.003)

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An experimental study has been conducted to investigate both the time-averaged and instantaneous flow pattern over a scale articulated vehicle model for understanding the flow physics of tractor-trailer vehicles. Fully turbulent flow was used in the study and smoke visualisation, surface oil flow visualisation and two-component particle image velocimetry were employed for flow diagnostics. Results obtained from the time-averaged and instantaneous flow fields show different flow pattern in the wake region downstream of the rear end of the trailer model. In the time-averaged flow field, a single counter-clockwise rotating vortex is presented in the wake region due to the coil-up of the lower shear layer. The instantaneous flow pattern shows that two wake vortices are presented in the wake region downstream of the trailer model. Moreover, the interactions between the wake vortex and the upper shear layer lead to the formation of the streamwise vortices within the shear layer. These streamwise vortices grow and propagate downstream which lead to the occurrence of vortex shedding in the upper shear layer downstream of the trailer model.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lo, Dr Kin Hing and Kontis, Professor Konstantinos
Authors: Lo, K. H., and Kontis, K.
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Journal Name:Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science
ISSN (Online):1879-2286
Published Online:04 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science 82: 58-74
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
647261National Wind Tunnel FacilityFrank CotonEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/L024888/1VPO (ACADEMIC & EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION)