Visualizing Vortex Clusters in the Wake of a High-Speed Train
Paper in proceedings, 2017

Visualization of fluid flows at a high-Reynolds number (Re similar to 10(5)) presents difficulties for user comprehension due to density and ambiguous interactions between vortices. Prior work has used cluster-based reduced-order modelling (CROM) to analyze the wake of a High-Speed Train (HST) with Re = 86,000. In this paper, we present a novel surface visualization to convey the spatiotemporal changes undergone by clustered vortices in the HST wake. This visualization is accomplished through dimensional reduction of 3D volumetric vortices into 1D ridges, and physics-based feature tracking. The result is 3D surfaces visualizing the behavior of the vortices in the HST wake. Compared to conventional still-image representations, these surfaces allow the user to quickly compare and analyze the two shedding cycles identified via CROM. The spatiotemporal differences of the primary vortices in these shedding cycles provide analytic insight to influence the aerodynamics of the HST.

flow visualization

information visualization

temporal data, clustering


S. Ferrari

University of Calgary

Y. Hu

University of Calgary

R. J. Martinuzzi

University of Calgary

E. Kaiser

University of Washington

B. R. Noack

University Paris-Saclay

Jan Östh

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics

Sinisa Krajnovic

Chalmers, Applied Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics


1062-922X (ISSN)


IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC)
Banff, Canada,

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Media Engineering

Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics

Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)

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