Generate continuous wind turbulence with Dryden velocity spectra
Environment/Wind
The Dryden Wind Turbulence Model (Continuous) block uses the Dryden spectral representation to add turbulence to the aerospace model by passing band-limited white noise through appropriate forming filters. This block implements the mathematical representation in the Military Specification MIL-F-8785C, Military Handbook MIL-HDBK-1797, Military Handbook MIL-HDBK-1797B.
Turbulence is a stochastic process defined by velocity spectra. For an aircraft flying at a speed V through a frozen turbulence field with a spatial frequency of Ω radians per meter, the circular frequency ω is calculated by multiplying V by Ω . MIL-F-8785C and MIL-HDBK-1797/1797B provide these definitions of longitudinal, lateral, and vertical component spectra functions:
MIL-F-8785C | MIL-HDBK-1797 and MIL-HDBK-1797B | |
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Longitudinal | ||
$${\Phi}_{u}\left(\omega \right)$$ | $$\frac{2{\sigma}_{u}^{2}{L}_{u}}{\pi V}\cdot \frac{1}{1+{\left({L}_{u}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}$$ | $$\frac{2{\sigma}_{u}^{2}{L}_{u}}{\pi V}\cdot \frac{1}{1+{\left({L}_{u}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}$$ |
$${\Phi}_{p}{}_{{}_{g}}\left(\omega \right)$$ | $$\frac{{\sigma}_{w}^{2}}{V{L}_{w}}\cdot \frac{0.8{\left(\frac{\pi {L}_{w}}{4b}\right)}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{-1ex}{$3$}\right.}}{1+{\left(\frac{4b\omega}{\pi V}\right)}^{2}}$$ | $$\frac{{\sigma}_{w}^{2}}{2V{L}_{w}}\cdot \frac{0.8{\left(\frac{2\pi {L}_{w}}{4b}\right)}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{-1ex}{$3$}\right.}}{1+{\left(\frac{4b\omega}{\pi V}\right)}^{2}}$$ |
Lateral | ||
$${\Phi}_{v}\left(\omega \right)$$ | $$\frac{{\sigma}_{v}^{2}{L}_{v}}{\pi V}\cdot \frac{1+3{\left({L}_{v}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}{{\left[1+{\left({L}_{v}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}\right]}^{2}}$$ | $$\frac{2{\sigma}_{v}^{2}{L}_{v}}{\pi V}\cdot \frac{1+12{\left({L}_{v}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}{{\left[1+4{\left({L}_{v}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}\right]}^{2}}$$ |
$${\Phi}_{r}\left(\omega \right)$$ | $$\frac{\mp {\left(\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}{1+{\left(\frac{3b\omega}{\pi V}\right)}^{2}}\cdot {\Phi}_{v}\left(\omega \right)$$ | $$\frac{\mp {\left(\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}{1+{\left(\frac{3b\omega}{\pi V}\right)}^{2}}\cdot {\Phi}_{v}\left(\omega \right)$$ |
Vertical | ||
$${\Phi}_{w}\left(\omega \right)$$ | $$\frac{{\sigma}_{w}^{2}{L}_{w}}{\pi V}\cdot \frac{1+3{\left({L}_{w}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}{{\left[1+{\left({L}_{w}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}\right]}^{2}}$$ | $$\frac{2{\sigma}_{w}^{2}{L}_{w}}{\pi V}\cdot \frac{1+12{\left({L}_{w}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}{{\left[1+4{\left({L}_{w}\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}\right]}^{2}}$$ |
$${\Phi}_{q}\left(\omega \right)$$ | $$\frac{\pm {\left(\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}{1+{\left(\frac{4b\omega}{\pi V}\right)}^{2}}\cdot {\Phi}_{w}\left(\omega \right)$$ | $$\frac{\pm {\left(\frac{\omega}{V}\right)}^{2}}{1+{\left(\frac{4b\omega}{\pi V}\right)}^{2}}\cdot {\Phi}_{w}\left(\omega \right)$$ |
where:
b represents the aircraft wingspan.
L_{u} , L_{v} , L_{w} represent the turbulence scale lengths.
σ_{u} , σ_{v} , σ_{w} represent the turbulence intensities.
The spectral density definitions of turbulence angular rates are defined in the specifications as three variations:
$${p}_{g}=\frac{\partial {w}_{g}}{\partial y}$$ $${p}_{g}=\frac{\partial {w}_{g}}{\partial y}$$ $${p}_{g}=-\frac{\partial {w}_{g}}{\partial y}$$ | $${q}_{g}=\frac{\partial {w}_{g}}{\partial x}$$ $${q}_{g}=\frac{\partial {w}_{g}}{\partial x}$$ $${q}_{g}=-\frac{\partial {w}_{g}}{\partial x}$$ | $${r}_{g}=-\frac{\partial {v}_{g}}{\partial x}$$ $${r}_{g}=\frac{\partial {v}_{g}}{\partial x}$$ $${r}_{g}=\frac{\partial {v}_{g}}{\partial x}$$ |
The variations affect only the vertical (q_{g}) and lateral (r_{g}) turbulence angular rates.
The longitudinal turbulence angular rate spectrum,
$${\Phi}_{{p}_{g}}(\omega )$$
is a rational function. The rational function is derived from curve-fitting a complex algebraic function, not the vertical turbulence velocity spectrum, Φ_{w}(ω), multiplied by a scale factor. The variations exist because the turbulence angular rate spectra contribute less to the aircraft gust response than the turbulence velocity.
The variations result in these combinations of vertical and lateral turbulence angular rate spectra.
Vertical | Lateral |
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Φ_{q}(ω) Φ_{q}(ω) −Φ_{q}(ω) | −Φ_{r}(ω) Φ_{r}(ω) Φ_{r}(ω) |
To generate a signal with correct characteristics, a band-limited white noise signal is passed through forming filters. The forming filters are derived from the spectral square roots of the spectrum equations.
MIL-F-8785C and MIL-HDBK-1797/1797B provide these transfer functions:
MIL-F-8785C | MIL-HDBK-1797 and MIL-HDBK-1797B | |
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Longitudinal | ||
$${H}_{u}(s)$$ | $${\sigma}_{u}\sqrt{\frac{2{L}_{u}}{\pi V}\cdot}\frac{1}{1+\frac{{L}_{u}}{V}s}$$ | $${\sigma}_{u}\sqrt{\frac{2{L}_{u}}{\pi V}}\cdot \frac{1}{1+\frac{{L}_{u}}{V}s}$$ |
$${H}_{p}(s)$$ | $${\sigma}_{w}\sqrt{\frac{0.8}{V}}\cdot \frac{{\left(\frac{\pi}{4b}\right)}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{-1ex}{$6$}\right.}}{{L}_{w}{}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{-1ex}{$3$}\right.}\left(1+\left(\frac{4b}{\pi V}\right)s\right)}$$ | $${\sigma}_{w}\sqrt{\frac{0.8}{V}}\cdot \frac{{\left(\frac{\pi}{4b}\right)}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{-1ex}{$6$}\right.}}{{\left(2{L}_{w}\right)}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{-1ex}{$3$}\right.}\left(1+\left(\frac{4b}{\pi V}\right)s\right)}$$ |
Lateral | ||
$${H}_{v}(s)$$ | $${\sigma}_{v}\sqrt{\frac{{L}_{v}}{\pi V}}\cdot \frac{1+\frac{\sqrt{3}{L}_{v}}{V}s}{{\left(1+\frac{{L}_{v}}{V}s\right)}^{2}}$$ | $${\sigma}_{v}\sqrt{\frac{2{L}_{v}}{\pi V}}\cdot \frac{1+\frac{2\sqrt{3}{L}_{v}}{V}s}{{\left(1+\frac{2{L}_{v}}{V}s\right)}^{2}}$$ |
$${H}_{r}(s)$$ | $$\frac{\mp \frac{s}{V}}{\left(1+\left(\frac{3b}{\pi V}\right)s\right)}\cdot {H}_{v}(s)$$ | $$\frac{\mp \frac{s}{V}}{\left(1+\left(\frac{3b}{\pi V}\right)s\right)}\cdot {H}_{v}(s)$$ |
Vertical | ||
$${H}_{w}(s)$$ | $${\sigma}_{w}\sqrt{\frac{{L}_{w}}{\pi V}}\cdot \frac{1+\frac{\sqrt{3}{L}_{w}}{V}s}{{\left(1+\frac{{L}_{w}}{V}s\right)}^{2}}$$ | $${\sigma}_{w}\sqrt{\frac{2{L}_{w}}{\pi V}}\cdot \frac{1+\frac{2\sqrt{3}{L}_{w}}{V}s}{{\left(1+\frac{2{L}_{w}}{V}s\right)}^{2}}$$ |
$${H}_{q}(s)$$ | $$\frac{\pm \frac{s}{V}}{\left(1+\left(\frac{4b}{\pi V}\right)s\right)}\cdot {H}_{w}(s)$$ | $$\frac{\pm \frac{s}{V}}{\left(1+\left(\frac{4b}{\pi V}\right)s\right)}\cdot {H}_{w}(s)$$ |
Divided into two distinct regions, the turbulence scale lengths and intensities are functions of altitude.
Note The military specifications result in the same transfer function after evaluating the turbulence scale lengths. The differences in turbulence scale lengths and turbulence transfer functions balance offset. |
According to the military references, the turbulence scale lengths at low altitudes, where h is the altitude in feet, are represented in the following table:
MIL-F-8785C | MIL-HDBK-1797 and MIL-HDBK-1797B |
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$$\begin{array}{l}{L}_{w}=h\\ {L}_{u}={L}_{v}=\frac{h}{{\left(0.177+0.000823h\right)}^{1.2}}\end{array}$$ | $$\begin{array}{l}2{L}_{w}=h\\ {L}_{u}=2{L}_{v}=\frac{h}{{\left(0.177+0.000823h\right)}^{1.2}}\end{array}$$ |
Typically, at 20 feet (6 meters) the wind speed is 15 knots in light turbulence, 30 knots in moderate turbulence, and 45 knots for severe turbulence. See these turbulence intensities, where W_{20} is the wind speed at 20 feet (6 meters).
$$\begin{array}{l}{\sigma}_{w}=0.1{W}_{20}\\ \frac{{\sigma}_{u}}{{\sigma}_{w}}=\frac{{\sigma}_{v}}{{\sigma}_{w}}=\frac{1}{{\left(0.177+0.000823h\right)}^{0.4}}\end{array}$$
The turbulence axes orientation in this region is defined:
Longitudinal turbulence velocity, u_{g} , aligned along the horizontal relative mean wind vector
Vertical turbulence velocity, w_{g} , aligned with vertical
At this altitude range, the output of the block is transformed into body coordinates.
Turbulence scale lengths and intensities for medium-to-high altitudes the are based on the assumption that the turbulence is isotropic. MIL-F-8785C and MIL-HDBK-1797/1797B provide these representations of scale lengths:
MIL-F-8785C | MIL-HDBK-1797 and MIL-HDBK-1797B |
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L_{u }= L_{v }= L_{w} = 1750 ft | L_{u} = 2L_{v} = 2L_{w }= 1750 ft |
The turbulence intensities are determined from a lookup table that provides the turbulence intensity as a function of altitude and the probability of the turbulence intensity being exceeded. The relationship of the turbulence intensities is represented in the following equation:
σ_{u} = σ_{v} = σ_{w} .
The turbulence axes orientation in this region is defined as being aligned with the body coordinates.
At altitudes between 1000 and 2000, the turbulence velocities and turbulence angular rates are determined by linearly interpolating between the value from the low-altitude model at 1000 feet transformed from mean horizontal wind coordinates to body coordinates and the value from the high-altitude model at 2000 feet in body coordinates.
Define the units of wind speed due to the turbulence.
Units | Wind Velocity | Altitude | Airspeed |
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| Meters/second | Meters | Meters/second |
| Feet/second | Feet | Feet/second |
| Knots | Feet | Knots |
Define which military reference to use. This affects the application of turbulence scale lengths in the lateral and vertical directions.
Select the wind turbulence model to use.
| Use continuous representation of Von Kármán velocity spectra with positive vertical and negative lateral angular rates spectra. |
| Use continuous representation of Von Kármán velocity spectra with positive vertical and lateral angular rates spectra. |
| Use continuous representation of Von Kármán velocity spectra with negative vertical and positive lateral angular rates spectra. |
| Use continuous representation of Dryden velocity spectra with positive vertical and negative lateral angular rates spectra. |
| Use continuous representation of Dryden velocity spectra with positive vertical and lateral angular rates spectra. |
| Use continuous representation of Dryden velocity spectra with negative vertical and positive lateral angular rates spectra. |
| Use discrete representation of Dryden velocity spectra with positive vertical and negative lateral angular rates spectra. |
| Use discrete representation of Dryden velocity spectra with positive vertical and lateral angular rates spectra. |
| Use discrete representation of Dryden velocity spectra with negative vertical and positive lateral angular rates spectra. |
The Continuous Dryden selections conform to the transfer function descriptions.
Measured wind speed at a height of 6 meters (20 feet) provides the intensity for the low-altitude turbulence model.
Measured wind direction at a height of 6 meters (20 feet) is an angle to aid in transforming the low-altitude turbulence model into a body coordinates.
Above 2000 feet, the turbulence intensity is determined from a lookup table that gives the turbulence intensity as a function of altitude and the probability of exceeding the turbulence intensity.
Turbulence scale length above 2000 feet, assumed constant. MIL-F-8785C and MIL-HDBK-1797/1797B recommend 1750 feet for the longitudinal turbulence scale length of the Dryden spectra.
Note An alternative scale length value changes the power spectral density asymptote and gust load. |
Wingspan required in the calculation of the turbulence on the angular rates.
The sample time at which the unit variance white noise signal is generated.
Four random numbers required to generate the turbulence signals, one for each of the three velocity components and one for the roll rate. The turbulences on the pitch and yaw angular rates are based on further shaping of the outputs from the shaping filters for the vertical and lateral velocities.
Selecting this parameter generates the turbulence signals.
Input | Dimension Type | Description |
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First | scalar | Contains the altitude, in units selected. |
Second | scalar | Contains the aircraft speed, in units selected. |
Third | 3-by-3 matrix | Contains the direction cosine matrix. |
Output | Dimension Type | Description |
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First | Three-element signal | Contains the turbulence velocities, in the selected units. |
Second | Three-element signal | Contains the turbulence angular rates, in radians per second. |
The frozen turbulence field assumption is valid for the cases of mean-wind velocity and the root-mean-square turbulence velocity, or intensity, is small relative to the aircraft ground speed.
The turbulence model describes an average of all conditions for clear air turbulence. These factors are not incorporated into the model:
Terrain roughness
Lapse rate
Wind shears
Mean wind magnitude
Other meteorological factors
See Airframe/Environment Models/Wind Models in aeroblk_HL20
for
an example of this block.
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