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Analysis of moving model experiments in a towing tank for aerodynamic drag measurement of high-speed trains

Tschepe, Jonathan; Nayeri, Christian Navid; Paschereit, Christian Oliver

The present study assesses the applicability of towing tank experiments using a moving model for the investigation of the aerodynamics of long land-borne heavy vehicles such as buses, trucks, and trains. Based on experiments with a 1:22 scaled model of a high-speed train, the influence of various conditions relevant for the transferability of the results obtained in water to air is analysed exemplarily. These conditions include surface waves, cavitation and submergence depth. The experiments were carried out in the shallow water towing tank of the Technische Universität Berlin. It is shown that outside a critical Froude number range of about 0.2 < Fr < 1.2 the impact of the surface waves can be neglected and no cavitation appears in the velocity range investigated. Furthermore, a correction method is proposed taking into account the bias through surface waves at small submergence and thus allowing for a wider Froude number range. The data obtained in the towing tank are found to be in excellent agreement to other investigation methods.
Published in: Experiments in Fluids, 10.1007/s00348-019-2748-8, Springer Nature