Title: 3D stream and vortexes in the urban canopy layer and transport of motor vehicles exhaust gas

Authors: Hitoshi Kono, Kimiyo Kusunoki

Addresses: School of Human Sciences and Environment, University of Hyogo, 1–1–12 Shinzaike-honcyo, Himeji City, Hyogo, Japan. ' School of Human Sciences and Environment, University of Hyogo, 1–1–12 Shinzaike-honcyo, Himeji City, Hyogo, Japan

Abstract: Wind-tunnel experiments were conducted to investigate the transport of motor vehicle exhaust gas in the vicinity of a street. The stream and the vertical and horizontal vortexes in 2D and 3D street canyons were visualised using smoke. They were recorded by video camera and the transport of the exhaust gas by vortexes was then investigated. The vertical vortex plays a significant role in the vertical exchange between in-canyon flow and outer flow, and transports the exhaust gas outside the street canyons. The horizontal vortexes transport air pollutants to the next intersecting street. The relationships between functions of the vortexes and several assumptions in the Osaka Municipal Government (OMG) volume-source model are discussed.

Keywords: microscale dispersion; motor vehicle exhaust gas; OMG volume-source model; 3D street canyons; road transport emissions; visualisation; vortex; wind-tunnel experiments; Japan; dispersion modelling; air pollution; air quality; vehicle emissions; air flow; urban street canyons.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2005.007665

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2005 Vol.25 No.1/2/3/4, pp.177 - 190

Published online: 31 Aug 2005 *

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