AirStreamz vs. Wind Blocking


The importance of materials engineering cannot be overstated.  Characteristics like texture, porosity, resistance, permeability, and diffusion are evaluated for wind noise reduction effectiveness across a range of wind speeds and turbulence levels.  In this regard, we are the only cycling associated company to hold a wind noise reduction utility patent (#9078482B2 - Sound Permeable Wind Noise Reduction Device).

Patented Porosity

Our products are made with porous materials that interact with the wind to reduce velocity and turbulence intensity.  Porous materials have benefits for flow-control by introducing a fluid permeable medium that modifies the boundary layer, shear layer, and wake characteristics.  The penetrable surface absorbs turbulence.  In addition, surface flow interaction with the soft fibers reduces velocity and rotational intensity - further reducing wind noise.

Wind Flow Depiction

Passive control of wind velocity / vorticity using porous material vs. bluff body instabilities and wake buffeting.

Figures 1 and 2: Depiction of wind flow interacting with porous material vs. a solid bluff body.

Wind Flow Visualization

The wind flow and interaction characteristics noted above can be seen in the wind tunnel visualizations below:

Images 1 and 2: Visualization of wind flow interacting with porous material vs. a solid bluff body.

Wind Flow Measurements

Using both hot-wires and pressure sensors, wind flow / interaction characteristics noted above are shown below. Velocity and vorticity over the AirStreamz decreases due to the porous material interaction.  Wind velocity over the Wind Blocking product accelerates and contributes to wake instabilities / vortices - impacting the outer ear / pinna.

Figures 3 and 4: a) hotwire anemometer placed adjacent to the WNR products. b) Pressure probes placed adjacent to the WNR products and at the rear of the concha. c) sine wave / turbulent pressure fluctuations.

Audio + Visual Comparison

Sound with flow visualization at 20 mph.  AirStreamz patented porous pile material interaction and flow through vs. simply attempting to block some of the wind.  AirStreamz are smaller, more effective, and highest-rated for comfort.

Video 1: Hear the Difference.  The video starts with Wind Blocking and transitions to the more effective AirStreamz.

Related Academic Research

Turbulence distribution for pile-fabric vs. smooth bluff body and wind tunnel flow visualization (20 mph) by Cat-Ears.

Turbulence is the primary cause of sound in aeroacoustics.

As demonstrated above, pile material significantly modifies turbulence.

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