Title: A novel approach for artificially generating horizontal wind gusts based on a movable plate: The Paddle
Authors: Wood, Jens Nikolas 
Breuer, Michael 
Neumann, Torben 
Language: eng
Issue Date: Sep-2022
Publisher: Elsevier
Document Type: Article
Source: Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics 230 (2022) 105170
Journal / Series / Working Paper (HSU): Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Issue: 230
The paper is concerned with a novel approach to generate horizontal wind gusts in classical wind tunnels. Assuming an open test section of an Eiffel- or Göttingen-type wind tunnel, the new wind gust generator denoted ‘‘The Paddle’’ can be easily retrofitted to such experimental setups at low costs. The device is constructed based on commercially available components including a programmable software tool that allows to adjust all relevant kinematic parameters. Five predefined motion patterns of the paddle are investigated which differ according to the achieved blocking ratio of the wind tunnel nozzle as well as the velocity and acceleration of the downward and upward motion of the paddle. It is shown that the shape and intensity of the generated gusts can be fully controlled by these parameters. That guarantees a strong individual adjustability and customization of the induced gusts. Furthermore, a synchronization of the wind gust generator with measurement devices such as laser-Doppler anemometer or particle-image velocimetry is easy to implement. An extensive measurement campaign has shown that the generated horizontal gusts are highly reproducible for the presently investigated laminar boundary layer and vary in the core area of the gust measurements solely according to free-stream turbulence of the wind tunnel.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): Strömungsmechanik 
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.jweia.2022.105170
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