Vortex shedding noise from a beveled trailing edge

Stefan Pröbsting*, Martina Zamponi, Stefano Ronconi, Yaoyi Guan, Scott C. Morris, Fulvio Scarano

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Coherent vortex shedding from blunt and beveled trailing edges generates tonal noise, which is usually undesired. To obtain a better understanding of the noise generation under such conditions, the flow field around a beveled trailing edge was characterized for Reynolds numbers based on the bluntness ranging from 2.5 × 104 to 5.1 × 104. Flow field statistics were obtained by means of planar high-speed two-component and stereoscopic particle image velocimetry measurements. The development of the shear layers and vortex roll-up is described in the present study. Related length scales, the vortex formation length, and wake thickness parameter were derived from the measurements. Noise emission due to vortex shedding was predicted from an analytic solution, derived from diffraction theory and the reversed Sears’ problem, and compared to acoustic phased array measurements. This approach has previously been shown to provide accurate results for sharply truncated edges, but questions with regard to the applicability with different trailing edge geometries remained open. The prediction required the auto-spectral density, correlation length, and convective velocity of the upwash velocity component in the vortex formation region. Direct application with data obtained from particle image velocimetry measurements showed an overestimation of about 20 dB when compared to the acoustic measurements. The results thus showed that the prediction of vortex shedding noise based on the simplified wake model and diffraction theory is not generally applicable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)712-733
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Aeroacoustics (online)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • aeroacoustics
  • beveled trailing edge
  • particle image velocimetry
  • Trailing edge flows
  • vortex shedding


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