Pressure-sensitive paint measurement of the flow around a simplified car model

Taro Yamashita, H. Sugiura, H. Nagai, K. Asai, K. Ishida

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In applying Pressure-Sensitive Paint (PSP) to low-speed flow wind tunnel testing, it is important to minimize any measurement uncertainties. There are various error sources such as camera noise, misalignment of images due to model displacement and temperature distribution over the model. Among these factors, the effects of temperature distribution change during tests on pressure measurement accuracies were studied in the present paper. Pressure and temperature distributions over a simplified car model (1/10 scale Ahmed model) were measured using PSP and Temperature-Sensitive Paint (TSP). Sequential images were acquired at the same intervals over the entire test period, including for the conditions before and after the tunnel run. As a result, it was found that the measurement error caused by temperature distribution over the model could be reduced using a single-point temperature measurement. In addition, by measuring surface temperature distributions on the model using TSP, it was proved that the most accurate pressure measurement could be made by rationing the wind-off image acquired immediately after shutting down the tunnel to the wind-on image acquired immediately before shutting down the tunnel. Using the present measurement technique, complicated pressure fields over the Ahmed model were successfully visualized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-298
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Visualization
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Ahmed model
  • Low-speed wind tunnel
  • Oil flow
  • Pressure-Sensitive Paint (PSP)


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