Accession Number : ADA117157

Title :   Turbulence Analysis by use of the Fast Fourier Transform.

Descriptive Note : Conference paper,

Corporate Author : ARMY MISSILE COMMAND REDSTONE ARSENAL AL RESEARCH DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Essenwanger,Oskar M

PDF Url : ADA117157

Report Date : 18 Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : The author has shown that the Fast Fourier Transform is a useful tool in turbulence analysis and the lack of canned programs of the Fourier transform of the autocorrelation function poses no serious problem. The user is cautioned, however, to be aware of the differences between the spectra produced by these two techniques. A data sample procured with the Gill anemometer recorded at one-second time intervals reflect agreement with the turbulence hypothesis. The FFT has the advantage that turbulence data can be readily exressed as a Fourier series. The amplitude relationship is expressed by equations while the phase angles are randomly distributed. Although a set of phase angles can be constructed from random generators in electronic data processing, a simple technique would be a substitution from a set of empirical turbulence data. The author has been an example of an analytically produced nonstationary set of data which could be superimposed on the stationary wind profile. These inferred data sets can be established where special tower measurement are not available such as for altitudes beyond tower measurements and/or for geographic locations without lower measurements. These composed sets of wind data are better suited than present techniques for the assessment of the turbulence impact upon effectiveness, instrumental or missile sensitivity, and field use of systems such as DAFFR, Assault Breaker, CSWS, etc. by combining the stationary and non-stationary effect into one data set.

Descriptors :   *Turbulence, *Fast Fourier Transforms, Wind velocity, Power spectra, Autocorrelation, Anemometers, Guided missile trajectories

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Statistics and Probability
      Guided Missile Traj, Accuracy and Ballistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE