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The impact of artificial discrete simulation of wind field on vehicle running performance

  • Wu, Mengxue (Department of Bridge Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University) ;
  • Li, Yongle (Department of Bridge Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University) ;
  • Chen, Ning (Department of Bridge Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University)
  • Received : 2014.11.18
  • Accepted : 2015.01.05
  • Published : 2015.02.25

Abstract

To investigate the effects of "sudden change" of wind fluctuations on vehicle running performance, which is caused by the artificial discrete simulation of wind field, a three-dimensional vehicle model is set up with multi-body dynamics theory and the vehicle dynamic responses in crosswind conditions are obtained in time domain. Based on Hilbert Huang Transform, the effects of simulation separations on time-frequency characteristics of wind field are discussed. In addition, the probability density distribution of "sudden change" of wind fluctuations is displayed, addressing the effects of simulation separation, mean wind speed and vehicle speed on the "sudden change" of wind fluctuations. The "sudden change" of vehicle dynamic responses, which is due to the discontinuity of wind fluctuations on moving vehicle, is also analyzed. With Principal Component Analysis, the comprehensive evaluation of vehicle running performance in crosswind conditions at different simulation separations of wind field is investigated. The results demonstrate that the artificial discrete simulation of wind field often causes "sudden change" in the wind fluctuations and the corresponding vehicle dynamic responses are noticeably affected. It provides a theoretical foundation for the choice of a suitable simulation separation of wind field in engineering application.

Keywords

artificial discrete simulation;sudden change;wind simulation separation;multibody dynamics;Hilbert Huang Transform;Principal Component Analysis

Acknowledgement

Supported by : National Natural Science Foundation of China

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