The effects of windscreen flow on noise in motorcycle helmets


Kennedy, J., Carley, M., Holt, N. and Walker, I., 2011. The effects of windscreen flow on noise in motorcycle helmets. In: 161st Acoustical Society of America Meeting, 2011-05-23 - 2011-05-27, Seattle, WA.

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Vortex shedding from a motorcycle windscreen results in three flow regions in which the rider's helmet may be immersed. First, the helmet may be completely in the free stream. Second, it may be in the path of vortex shedding from the windscreen. Third it may be underneath the shed vortices and shielded from the free stream by the windscreen. On-track noise tests were conducted and showed a difference in sound pressure level of more than 10dB and a change in spectra content, due to changes in riding position and helmet angle. Similar tests carried out in a wind tunnel, using simultaneous microphone and flow visualization measurements, allowed the identification of the flow regions. The potential contribution of vortex shedding to the noise was assessed using wavelet analysis to identify intermittent flow structures.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
CreatorsKennedy, J., Carley, M., Holt, N. and Walker, I.
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
Research CentresAerospace Engineering Research Centre
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