Experimental visualization of aerodynamic sound sources using parallel phase-shifting interferometry

Risako Tanigawa*, Kohei Yatabe, Yasuhiro Oikawa

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Abstract: Aerodynamic sound is one of the causes of noise in high-speed trains, automobiles, and wind turbines. To investigate the characteristics of aerodynamic sound generation, measurements around the sound sources are required. Aerodynamic sound is typically measured using microphones. However, microphones cannot capture the near-field of aerodynamic sound because they become new noise sources inside the air flow. To observe the aerodynamic sound near-field, we performed two-dimensional visualization of aerodynamic sound using an optical method. The optical method used in this research, parallel phase-shifting interferometry (PPSI), can detect the pressure within the measurement area as variations of the phase of light. PPSI can therefore visualize the pressure fields. We visualized both the sound pressure and flow components of the sound generated by flow around a square cylinder and flat plates. The visualized pressure fields are provided as animations in the online resources. Analysis of the sound and flow component time variations confirmed the correlations between them. Graphic abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number206
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sept 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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