Snowdrifts and the aerodynamic drag on scaled-model shelterbelts

TitleSnowdrifts and the aerodynamic drag on scaled-model shelterbelts
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1994
AuthorsSchmidt, R. A., Jairell R. L., and Tabler R. D.
Conference Name62nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 62nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1994
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSante Fe, New Mexico
KeywordsAerodynamics, Scale models, Snow drifting

This paper reports the design and initial testing of a device that measures the wind force model windbreaks. Our objective is to improve understanding of the relationship between shelterbelt porosity, aerodynamic drag, and snowdrift formation. Two identical drag-boards allow simultaneous comparison of drag on a model shelterbelt with drag of a snow fence model for which the prototype drag coefficient is known.