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Synergetics provide a range of wind and glare services to airports to assist with developments.

Some examples of Synergetics’ specialist process modelling services include:

  • assessing wind hazards over airports to identify areas where aircraft are likely to experience adverse wind shear and turbulence conditions. This also extends to the assessment of proposed building developments or landscaping, in order to demonstrate compliance with the National Airports Safeguarding Framework (NASF Guideline B). Depending on the application, this may take the form of a desktop assessment or a detailed computational fluid dynamics (CFD) assessment;
  • advice on development features to minimise building generated wind shear and turbulence impacts to aviation;
  • assessing rotor wash to identify and optimise protective controls;
  • quantifying windshear and turbulence levels due to buildings near heliports;
  • assessing buoyant plume rise for facilities near airports, as per CASA form 1247, and providing mitigation advice where appropriate;
  • studying the effect of existing or proposed developments and flight operations on airport anemometers and weather stations;
  • assessing potential for solar glare due to PV (solar panel) arrays near runways and control towers, as per FAA Review of Solar Energy System Projects on Federally Obligated Airports, (78 FR 63276, 2013);
  • jet blast deflector optimisation and performance modelling.

Simulated streamlines of flow around a building near an airport. Flowfield simulation is from a CFD model.

Figure 1: Streamlines and velocity contours for wind flow around two buildings at an airport. Red corresponds to high air velocity and blue low. The wind direction is from left to right. Groups of buildings can result in complex air flow patterns including voritces within the building wake, high speed chanelling between buildings, and increased wind speeds above the buildings.