Aerodynamic Sound and Flow Field Generated from Combinational Inclined Tapered Cylinder


This study deals with the aerodynamic sound, especially the Aeolian tone. One of the problems with the aerodynamic sound, noise reduction along a railway line is significant engineering issue for further speed-up of a high-speed train. In particular, a pantograph is one of the main aerodynamic noise sources of a high-speed train. As one of the methods for the aerodynamic noise reduction, this study proposes the tapered cylinder by a pantograph. In this paper, the aerodynamic sound and the wake flow of the combinational inclined circular cylinder and tapered cylinder are experimentally and numerically investigated in knuckle upstream and knuckle downstream. Also, we suggest that the surface of grooves such as wood grain interacts with the aerodynamic sound generated from the model. Here, it is considered that the comparison of aerodynamic sound between the model with grooves and without grooves. Consequently, reduction of the maximum aerodynamic sound is possible for the tapered cylinder in the case of knuckle downstream. Furthermore, the noise reduction method is effective that the model surface with grooves such as wood grain.

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K. Sato, R. Machida and T. Aoki, "Aerodynamic Sound and Flow Field Generated from Combinational Inclined Tapered Cylinder," Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 2 No. 4A, 2012, pp. 222-227. doi: 10.4236/ojfd.2012.24A025.

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